Hidden Strength ‎- 1975 – Hidden Strength


A killer bit of funky soul from Hidden Strength — an uptempo 70s group with a very tight groove! The group are clearly in the mode of Earth Wind & Fire — extremely proficient instrumentally, grooving together in a righteous style that has plenty of jazz, but which is also going for a more straight ahead soul-based approach. Hidden Strength are best known for their classic groover “Hustle On Up (Do The Bump)” — a killer track with a nice funky bus stop groove and some great moog — but the whole album’s pretty darn sweet.

A1 It Didn’t Have to Be This Way 5:45
A2 Happy Song 5:53
A3 Angel of Love 5:08
A4 Hustle On Up (Do the Bumb) 3:10
B1 Why Does It Feel So Good to Me 4:55
B2 I Wanna Be Your Main Man 6:00
B3 Hustle On Up (Do the Bumb) (Instrumental) 4:06
B4 All We Need Is Time 5:00


Classic funk album from 1975 which will appeal to anyone who was ever into style of groups such as Brass Construction and BT Express. Originally Released on United Artists, this album has long been in demand and whilst relatively unknown is one of the best albums of its style.

Included on the CD as bonus tracks and as a separate 12″ single are the two extremely rare promo only 12″ singles. The long version of ‘Hustle On Up’ and a version of Johnny Guitar Watson’s ‘I don’t want to be a Lone Ranger’ which has become an in demand Modern Soul record. Michael Cuscana who is better known for his work with cataloguing of the Blue Note label and initiating their reissue programme produced the album.