The only album we’ve ever seen from the Swiss Movement, but a great group soul effort that’s a real 70s standout on RCA! The quartet get some really top-shelf help from David Van DePitte on arrangements — and he brings in almost a Van McCoy sort of spirit to the set — that great maestro update of east coast group soul sounds, taking them past the rougher edges of the indie scene, but always without dampening their soul! The group have New Orleans roots, and ended up in Detroit – but to our ears, this set sparkles with the best east coast material of the time – particularly that of groups coming from New York.
This is a fine @320 vinyl rip of the original RCA records LP including covers.
A1.Take A Chance On A Sure Thing 3.17
A2. Take Me Back Again 2.52
A3. Bring Back Your Love 2.47
A4. If You Need Me 2.49
A5. Come Around Here 2.43
A6. Keep On Loving You 3.26
B1.This Moment(I Just Wanted Last Forever) 3.30
B2. If You Need Somebody To Love 3.14
B3. Come On Sunday 4.38
B4. The Grass Is Greener 3.15
B5. Take Some Time 3.57
Review by Groovy Emmanuel
It’s New Orleans brothers and sisters, the great New Orleans legacy in rhythm and blues! Not maybe the great New Orleans funk legacy at first sight, but a vibrant, swinging vocal group singing their very hearts out!
Leave the funk roots out of this, but alas that’s not true no matter how hard you try to do this, because The Swiss Movement were actually the singing group of another great funk band of New Orleans, the Louisiana Purchase…
Yes, it’s an everlasting story about the New Orleans music community of the seventies, a very tight unit that is vast enough to explore to its entity.
But let’s focus on the awesome 1973 album of The Swiss Movement for the time being. It was released under RCA by the title “It’s Time For The Swiss Movement”, and the members were Ronald “Green Apples” Williams, Herbert “Super Chicken” Clifton, Johnny Hodges, and Arthur Booker.
It all started in uptown New Orleans, in one of the original members of Louisiana Purchase living room. Uptown New Orleans was and still is a neighborhood filled with great music, let us remember the Neville family, the Modeliste family, the Meters, the Lasties … just to name a few.
They played the local clubs with great success and in 1970 they left the warmth south and moved to the cold north in Detroit, where they began touring with The Temptations for about 4 years, and thus they developed a beautiful bond with the Tempt’s own Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. In fact, Otis and Melvin were so impressed with the talents of The Swiss Movement’s vocalists, that they signed them to their D.O. Productions group, helping them secure the contract with RCA Victor. Here they recorded four singles between 1971 and 1973 and this wonderful album that compiles all the eight sides of the singles! Their 1973 album is packed with wonderful and original material that ranges from great ballads to some special midtempo songs, under the strong and tremendously soulful arrangements of David Van De Pitte. What more to expect!
I can continue like this for hours, but listen for yourselves brothers, it’s a magnificent journey wandering through the tracks of this album. Let us all just show our deepest love to Ronald “Green Apples” Williams, Herbert “Super Chicken” Clifton, Johnny Hodges, Arthur Booker and their families, and give them our biggest thanks for their wonderful and eternal music. I hear that most of them have moved after Katrina, and some are still living in New Orleans playing the music they love. Music is the one that is keeping us together, and always remember that the grass is surely greener whenever you feel the music…
There’s a Japanese Import Compact Disc from $79.99, Part of the “Soul Hidden Gems” Series released by BMG Japan here.
Enjoy one of my favorite tracks of the last few months. The killer “The Grass Is Greener” which i almost daily listen since i ripped Groovy Emmanuel’s vinyl.