Soul on the Dancefloor

Soul on the Dancefloor

by Joe SimonJoe Simon


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While this monster 24-cut collection of Joe Simon's tracks recorded for Spring between 1970 and 1982 doesn't contain any of his bona fide dancefloor smashes like "Downing in a Sea of Love," "Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)," and "Music in My Bones," it is loaded to the gills with more obscure, no less stellar vintage fare that will make you shake your ass and move your feet.. There's 1972's "Power of Love," which is a pure, gritty, funky soul burner that was aimed straight for jukeboxes and the radio -- and got there in the Deep South and on the West Coast. Likewise the lithe "Who Was That Lady" with its proto-disco groove. The orchestral Southern-fried disco of the previously unreleased "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On," (no, not that one) carries both the Muscle Shoals feel and the Gamble & Huff (who produced it) sheen. Check the crazy "Step by Step" from 1973 with its funky bassline, strings, backing chorus, and a honky tonk upright piano amid handclaps and swirling grooves. Other stunners include the edited version of 1978's "I.O.U." with its Miles Davis-esque muted trumpet chart as the bassline bumps up the tempo. This is disco drenched in soul authenticity. All told, this collection from Great Britain's Ace imprint is an essential purchase for anyone interested in Southern soul, and funk and/or disco. There isn't a mediocre track in the bunch, and all of it serves to underscore Simon's considerable reputation among fans of these genres.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2009
Label: Ace Records Import
UPC: 0029667233026
catalogNumber: 6723302
Rank: 74746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Simon   Primary Artist
Brad Shapiro   Conductor

Technical Credits

Joe Simon   Composer,Producer
Alessi Brothers   Producer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger
Buddy Buie   Composer
George Bussey   Arranger
Chuck Cochran   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Norman Harris   Composer,Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
Ron Kersey   Arranger
Brad Shapiro   Arranger,Producer
Lester Snell   Arranger
Ron Tyson   Composer,Producer
Porter Wagoner   Producer
Jerry Weaver   Arranger,Composer
David Wilkes   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Norman Dolph   Composer
Perry Boyd   Composer
Raeford Gerald   Composer,Producer
Helen Miller   Composer
John Richbourg   Producer
King Sterling   Composer
Madeline Stone   Composer
Ira Allen   Composer
Buddy Mize   Composer
Bradley Shapiro   Composer
Aseneth Peck   Composer
Rose MacCoy   Composer
Sean Hampsey   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Marc Gabriele   Composer
Dock Price   Composer

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