The Swiss Movement – 1973 – It’s Time For The Swiss Movement

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.

Tracks
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…

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There’s a Japanese Import Compact Disc from $79.99, Part of the “Soul Hidden Gems” Series released by BMG Japan here.

Dusty Groove also has a CD copy for $26.99. Finally get your hands on the precious vinyl from Groove Collector or ebay.

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.

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39 Comments
  • rich
    Posted at 20:43h, 22 May Reply

    great post nikos what a wonderful treat for us

  • JTF
    Posted at 21:40h, 22 May Reply

    well, funk my soul!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 May Reply

    superb album indeed, thanks for a great choice

  • k02
    Posted at 23:38h, 22 May Reply

    Now this is what im talkin bout.Thanks guys

  • The Basement
    Posted at 00:24h, 23 May Reply

    this is real music right here. every song needs some oooohs and ahhhhs. i loved this lp and mine broke so thanks a million nikos. i was about to cop a new one for $70 on ebay and i saw this in your coming soon widget. thanks alot. my appreciation cannot be described in words. this is pure awesomeness on wax. peace.

  • John
    Posted at 02:11h, 23 May Reply

    Great, love that track, thanks!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:27h, 23 May Reply

    great up nikos another great band which didn’t make it big such a lot of talent no eltro in site thank god thanks for this one

  • jaguar
    Posted at 16:09h, 23 May Reply

    Great, rare LP.

    Many thanks.

  • Daidodread
    Posted at 16:11h, 23 May Reply

    Great! you make my week thank you !!!

  • Fever
    Posted at 20:01h, 23 May Reply

    Hey Nick,

    I haven’t been on here for a minute but thanks for this rare gem!
    Groovy Emmanuel’s write up is great!

    Much props:)

  • Cederash
    Posted at 00:03h, 24 May Reply

    Захватывающе. Зачет! и ниипет!

  • Ferinannnd
    Posted at 21:08h, 24 May Reply

    Захватывающе. Зачет! и ниипет!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 00:00h, 25 May Reply

    This One is Fire!! Much Thanks!!

  • Donny
    Posted at 01:04h, 25 May Reply

    Excellent album. Thanx guys. The best blog around.

  • rodney
    Posted at 11:42h, 25 May Reply

    In the love of GREAT
    black music… Thank you.

  • Son
    Posted at 11:50h, 25 May Reply

    Incredible quality of an album! Groovy and nikos congrats!

  • sarah
    Posted at 19:26h, 25 May Reply

    awesome! i hope i can do as well a job as you have with my new funk blog, trufunksoulja.wordpress.com Just starting out now, so check in from time to time and give me some advice! i just love funk music also and want to share it both with people who’ve never heard and with people who want to keep listening!

  • George
    Posted at 09:41h, 26 May Reply

    Thank you for sharing the gems.

  • carlos
    Posted at 14:30h, 26 May Reply

    You keep killing me with your songs ;-D
    Thank you for your efforts

  • hooch
    Posted at 15:35h, 26 May Reply

    Thanks Nikos – Great LP!

  • Martin
    Posted at 18:13h, 26 May Reply

    Much thanks for this really nice post! Please keep on giving us the best rare/forgotten soul/funk albums! Peace :)

  • zulu
    Posted at 23:41h, 26 May Reply

    dope!! thx

  • jASON
    Posted at 11:41h, 27 May Reply

    This is one of those albums that I’ve been trying to get forever but it’s always way to beat up. Finally I get to listen to it the proper way. Thanks!!!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 20:45h, 27 May Reply

    thanks nikos! can’t wait to hear this rare gem!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 03:29h, 29 May Reply

    ‘Grass is greener’ – thank goodness that was the penultimate track coz I would never have got past it for at least another couple of weeks – WHAT A TRACK !!! Putting that track aside for one split second, this is a what I consider a wholesome soul gem – a range of faultless leads, a range of classy, lush arrangements, and tuneful material all lovingly wrapped up with due care and attention. Beautiful music with a hint of the Temptations and Chi-Lites which is high praise indeed. Other cracking tracks for me are ‘Take a chance’, ‘Come on Sunday’ and ‘Take me again’, but this is best appreciated as a whole.

    Thank you Groovy for opening the door to something totally fresh to me – please leave it on the latch in hope for more. Wonderful.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 16:59h, 29 May Reply

    And talking of lovingly wrapped with due care and attention – great review again Groovy. Well done.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 13:11h, 06 June Reply

    Many thanks Nikos!

  • dan
    Posted at 01:25h, 08 June Reply

    Thank you very much for lettin me download this beutyful deep feelings which i am about to share with my woman ,all the best and love

  • kharidah
    Posted at 13:09h, 04 July Reply

    Зачёт! Класный пост!

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 02:50h, 12 July Reply

    Domo!!!

  • Brenda in Canada
    Posted at 01:34h, 13 August Reply

    I am married to one of the singers on this album,HERBERT ,AKA “SUPER CHICKEN CLIFTON . It was just like old times listening to it,, All of the living ‘Swiss Movement” memembers still keep in touch with each other and are all involved in writing or pro ducing great music. We live in Mississauga Canada. Thanks for the Memories

  • Keith
    Posted at 23:22h, 29 August Reply

    Where can I purchase this album, cassette, or CD?

  • mounir
    Posted at 03:26h, 03 September Reply

    beautiful lp thanks a lot for extraordinary complete blog, mounir from paris

  • Dave
    Posted at 23:24h, 10 November Reply

    Thanks for this fantastic album

  • Emile Poree
    Posted at 07:25h, 16 October Reply

    Have moved to Shreveport since Katrina floods. Loss all of my tapes, videos, and records of our performances. Would love to hear the guys again. I played trumpet with the Swiss Movement and MC’d the shows also. I f you have records or tapes please contact me.

  • Paul J
    Posted at 01:29h, 02 November Reply

    I use to live in New Orleans and grew up with Herbert “Super Chicken” Clifton. He could really sing.
    I am glad to know that he is doing well in Canada.
    Growing up on Lyons street, I was close to the guys in this group as well as the Neville brothers.

    Emile, remember the Orbiteers days with Warner Williams where Herbert also used his singing talents.

  • Sev
    Posted at 00:49h, 13 June Reply

    wow, thanks for this!

  • Stone Cold Love affair
    Posted at 22:56h, 10 January Reply

    Stone Cold Love affair – Great Track, Beautiful blog!
    Outstanding!
    Mick

  • Eddie
    Posted at 17:15h, 16 March Reply

    Thanks for great music!!

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