In the Jungle, Babe/Express Yourself

In the Jungle, Babe/Express Yourself

by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BandCharles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band


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Released in 1997, this two-fer collects Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's third and fourth records, 1969's In the Jungle, Babe and the following year's Express Yourself. A transitional work, In the Jungle, Babe captures a group struggling to find its own identity; for every superb workout like the shimmering "Love Land" or the propulsive "I'm a Midnight Mover," there's a redundant cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire" or Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" which falls flat on its face. Express Yourself, on the other hand, is the group's masterpiece, a remarkable fusion of funk attitude and soul conviction. Highlighted by the classic title hit -- one of the most powerful declarations of independence in the canon, as well as one of the most sampled records of all time -- Express Yourself is a whirlwind tour through the spectrum of R&B; from the poignance of the Otis Redding-worthy ballad "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" (arguably Wright's best vocal turn ever) to the supple funk-jazz jam session "High as Apple Pie, Slice I and II," the record is assured and muscular, a primal blast of soul power.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/1997
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624645924
catalogNumber: 46459

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Charles Wright   Composer,Producer
Melvin Dunlap   Contributor
James Gadson   Contributor
McKay   Contributor
John Rayford   Contributor
Gabriel Flemings   Contributor
Yusuf Rahman   Composer,Contributor
Darryl "Pop" Trotter   Composer
Tommy Henderson   Contributor
Raymond Jackson   Contributor
Robby Krieger   Composer
Bill Cannon   Contributor
Don Trotter   Composer

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