Into a Real Thing

Into a Real Thing

by David PorterDavid Porter


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David Porter parted ways with his songwriting partner Isaac Hayes in 1969 but the pair remained close -- close enough that Hayes produced Porter's 1970 debut, Gritty, Groovy, & Gettin' It. A year later, Hayes was busy with his own recording career so Porter turned to his new partner Ronnie Williams to collaborate on 1971's Into a Real Thing, but he hardly left Hayes behind. Isaac's influence is clearly felt on the opening "Hang on Sloopy," a bubblegum AM pop number inexplicably turned into a not-bad soul slow-burner, but the rest of the record finds Porter splicing this new progressive sound with the sound of Stax, tending to dress his tightly constructed songs in vivid, progressive color. Porter dips into lush soul ("Thirty Days") and cinematic funk ("Grocery Man") with enough variety to give this record appealing momentum, meaning that knockout songs are the main thing it lacks: the tunes are well crafted but the revival of Chuck Jackson's "I Don't Want to Cry" shows how the rest of this enjoyable album doesn't grab you by the throat. Ace's 2015 expansion adds three songs from the sessions, including the previously unreleased "Gotta Get Over the Hump" and "Somebody's Trying to Ride Piggy Back," a tune excavated in 1999 that's better than most of the record.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667072724
catalogNumber: 5023507
Rank: 96456

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Porter   Primary Artist
Joyce   Background Vocals
Pat Lewis   Vocals
Rose Williams   Vocals
Diane Lewis   Vocals
Pam   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Smith   Engineer
Charles Jackson   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Ron Capone   Engineer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Manuel   Engineer
David Porter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dale Warren   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Ed Wolfrum   Engineer
Luther Dixon   Composer
David Krieger   Art Direction
Ronnie Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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