The Southside Movement – 1973 – The Southside Movement

Well, here is the South Side Movement’s debut vinyl on Wand – finally had the chance to buy a mint copy – never reissued on LP or CD. Special thanks goes to my fellow Trakbuv for the research and review below. 

If it’s funk you want: straight ahead, uncut, with no artificial flavourings or additives, then why not get some South Side Movement.  Its sole purpose is for moving that dead stuff of yours to a funky sway.  It does exactly what it says on the label.  The band hail from Chicago, with no less than eight wonderful ingredients for your auditory pleasure: vocals (Melvin Moore), guitar (Bobby Pointer), keyboard (Morris Beeks), bass (Ronald Simmons), drums (Willie Hayes), alto saxophone (Milton Johnson), trumpet (Stephen Hawkins), and trombone (Bill McFarland). They started out as the backing band of the funkalicious duo, Simtec & Wylie, probably most famous for their glorious ‘Gotta get over the hump’, among others from the early 70s.  However the pair parted company in 1973, which may have precipitated the move of their backing band to the Wand label where they secured a record deal.  Their eponymous debut came out the same year (the first of three in total) with a rather fetching tablecloth advertisement on its cover.  I’ll assume that the gentleman refusing to be part of a picnic hamper is the lead singer – spoilsport !

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Wand LP including covers.

A1. I’ Been Watchin’ You 3.03
A2. Love Turned Me Loose 2.10
A3. La Dee Da 2.55
A4. Have A Little Mercy 4.55
A5. Can You Get To That 3.07
B1. You’re Gonna Lose My Love 3.22
B2. Come On And Love Me 2.26
B3. Everlasting Thrill 3.01
B4. Superstition 4.03
B5. Mud Wind 4.40

On opening the merchandise you are hit immediately with the cream on the top.  ‘I’ been watchin’ you’ is THE killer track and a heavily sampled motha that I’m sure young Nikos will elaborate upon further.  Surely one of the first songs detailing the finer intricacies of ‘the stalker’, its semi-sparce arrangement, tight funk approach, and slightly strained vocals are pretty much symbolic of the LP.  Absolutely essential to any off-the-bone prime rump motion, attaining Top 20 placement in the Billboard Soul Charts.  Then it’s some horny horns on the short but groovy ‘Love turn me loose’ – I’ll never look the same way at the offer of a hot beverage again after hearing this ‘un !  ‘La dee da’ is one of the more melodic tracks on display, resplendent with busy backing vocs, vibes and a colourful arrangement – a nice change of pace.  Things get a little more urgent for ‘Have a little mercy’.  Dag namit, call the fire brigade coz this baby’s tail feather is on fire – faultless funk at its most insidious – my pick for sure.  Then we get some drag-funk in ‘Can you get to that’ with Melvin sounding slightly spacey.  I definitely got to that.  This was their follow-up single from the album that again secured an admirable position in the Soul Charts.  Side Two slides in with the instrumentally excellent ‘You’re gonna lose my love’.  ‘Come on and love me’ has Melvin straining rather awkwardly with the high pitch of the song – a mistake by the producer methinks.  Conversely, the very next track, ‘Everlasting thrill’, has Melvin singing in his most relaxed stance on the album, and arguably his best vocal performance for it.  Very very nice.  Their cover of ‘Superstition’ is competent if offering nothing new – presumably a crowd pleaser at their live shows.  Melvin then takes a seat while the rest of the band display that tightness of their wares on the melodic, pleasant ‘Mud wind’ instrumental closer.

Top credit must go to Mr Jimmy van Leer who wrote most the songs and produced the sessions.  A quote by Chris Jonz on the back cover states: ‘Well, sit yourself down – dinner is being served by ‘The South Side Movement’.  These Chicago-based cookers have outdone themselves and prepared a funky, yet festive meal where the main course will fatten your appreciation for sho’ nuff soul feasting”.  Bon appétit !!

Melvin Moore, their lead singer, reminds me of a more restrained Leslie Wilson of the New Birth.  For those interested in his subsequent solo recordings, we are pleased to include the Modern Soul rarity, ‘All of sudden’ dating from the 80s.  


Buy the vinyl from BadCat Records and  listen up the killer funky and heavily sampled track ‘I’ been watchin’ you’

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You can also enjoy their final 1975 album “Moving South” in our back pages here.

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  1. Markus says:

    Thanks, Nikos! I loved Moving South, so I’m psyched to get this one too. Keep it up!

  2. k02 says:

    Thank You Nikos

  3. manny says:

    thanks for posting

  4. rich says:

    great post nikos cant wait to hear it

  5. invisiblenigma says:

    Nice!! Much Thanks Nikos. I loved the First Southside Movement you posted a while back!!

  6. Seth says:

    I remember that funky tune sampled but so many like Jada and Nas! Great to own the album guys.

  7. jean paris says:

    woooo thanks nikos…a sunny day ..

  8. Chris-T says:

    Wow! Nuff thanks Nikos.

  9. Sotiris Pandis says:


  10. Soul Bonanza says:

    Hotness! Thanks so much Nikos and Trakbuv – the Dynamic Duo does it again! “…and a heavily sampled motha”! Haha!

  11. Soul Bonanza says:

    Trakbuv, some day people will compose music based on your reviews! Amazing twists of words – mebigfan!

  12. phatrapper says:

    Massive thanks for this one!

  13. Christopher says:

    Yiasou Nikos,
    I’ve been opening my sets sometimes with “I’ve Been Watching You”. Good call. As usual, great taste. Na sou zisi.
    Funkish Bass

  14. Trakbuv says:

    Thanks Soul Bonanza for those kind words. I take a lot of time on my reviews, but it’s time I really enjoy because it forces me to get close and personal with the LP – something I don’t do nearly enough with my own records – and it’s all thanks to Nikos !! I’ve tried out an experiment for my next review which I hope you will enjoy !

  15. Chris says:

    Hot! Thanks for the post and keep up the great work. Peace

  16. soulbrotha says:

    Looks delish! Thanks Nikos! :)

  17. Frost says:

    Loving it. Full of great grooves.

  18. Mythos says:

    You just made my Sunday…. funkyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

  19. Mr Sam says:

    Thanks soooo much l!!!!

  20. Rowan says:

    Fantastic! Thank you…

  21. antonio says:

    Great album. Many thanks for all your hard work, and your great taste in Music!

  22. Solar says:

    That youtube single is a classic tune. Both albums are wonderful. Thanx!

  23. JJTon says:

    it is certain to keep your feet moving and your head bopping!

  24. Adam L. says:

    I was unaware of this album. And what a marvelous surprise it is! Now I keep on listening to it over and over again. Thanks a lot niko and Trakbuv.

  25. Byron says:

    this stuff is ace. keep funk alive. Thank you.

  26. Simon says:

    Great stuff Nikos, thanks!

  27. Frederic says:

    Super funky man!

  28. Anonymous says:

    You have no idea how long I have looking for this album. You really made my day man. This album is so good, I only knew “I’ve been watchin’ you” because it has been sampled so many times, but the rest of the album is pure magic. True funk gem.

  29. Redddox says:

    Thank you!

  30. avocado kid says:

    yes, it is the uncut funk that I want!

  31. catacaldos says:

    Can’t believe my eyes.

  32. Radek says:

    A great album. Thank you very much!

  33. johnv says:

    Keep up the great work, Nikos!

  34. whoknows says:

    thanks Nikos! Their other album I dug so lookin forward to tunin in to this one. Been busy lately so playin a little catchup on your page, hope all is well!

  35. Jock says:

    A real;ly fabulous album. Thanks very much.

  36. Doctor Okeh says:

    thx 4 this fam , its been aminute,,, but im starting to find some spare time to play catch up TY!

  37. analog6 says:

    This is a new one for me. Thanks for sharing it.

  38. dj ceil says:

    thanx for share, very nice

    the funk is on

  39. rhys says:

    Loving this site, I spend a lot of time trying to uncover these sort of soul gems. Fantastic

  40. Lani says:

    Been looking for this gem.This goes straight to my iPod!Thanks Thanks Thanks :-)

  41. Gooniman says:

    I can’t stop..Again guys these are great music..Please make this in flac..I mean all of the music in the sie..Keep it up

  42. Dan says:

    Thank you for this great music.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Love this group, for real, really soulful music at best.

    Thank you so much for making it possible. A..

  44. Lisi says:

    I just had to leave you this comment, LOVE Your music, it is REAL Soul music at its best. Great stuff, Thank you.

  45. hamnegger says:

    I did not think I’d be able to get this one

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