The monumental debut of BT Express, an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band’s bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album’s best known for the title track “Do It (Til You’re Satisfied)” – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like “Express”, which was the original song that the created the JBs’ response track “Monorail”; “This House is Smokin’”, which has lots of funky descending horn bits;
A1 Express 5:03
A2 If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) 5:27
A3 Once You Get It 3:18
A4 Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You) 3:00
A5 Mental Telepathy 4:03
B1 Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) 5:52
B2 Do You Like It 5:52
B3 That What I Want for You Baby 6:48
B4 This House Is Smokin’ 2:12
Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) features two million sellers by the New York natives; the title track and “Express” are funky, irresistible disco gems. Produced by Jeff Lane and mixed by Tom Moulton, the two dancefloor classics features hypnotic basslines, handclaps on alternate beats, and the coolest congas on the planet, all combined with masterfully mixed guitars, saxophones, flutes, strings, Barbara Joyce Lomas‘ blaring lead, Louis Risbrooks’ bass vocal retorts, and Richard Thompson‘s support vocals. Lane was never able to repeat the tightness of the two tracks on subsequent albums or even on this one. “If I Don’t Turn You On” and “Do You Like It” come close, but “Once You Get It,” “Do It,” “This House Is Smoking,” and “Mental Telepathy” do not. Good, because of the two classics, but a greatest-hits collection would be even better.
Instantly I’m reminded of Sly & The Family Stone, it’s like groovy soul funk music for horny normies! This does have a few elements of disco but don’t let that scare you, it’s very soulful and cool and most of it is deeply rooted in funk. ”Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)” and/or “Express” will probably sound familiar or at least they were my reason for giving this a run, totally groovy and cool. I think what really impressed me here is that I actually love every last song and it’s an immediate love, it feels warm and familiar. The actual instrumentation is frickin’ great, the vocals are so well placed, good harmonies and excellent skills all around. It’s littered with awesome congos, flutes, strings and sax but all in the proper doses, completely fantastically blended. I really don’t see how anyone could dislike this, I really think this is a classic more people should know about this darned album! I’m definitely bummed that I didn’t find out about this sooner…this is a must have!