Archie Bell & The Drells – 1975 – Dance Your Troubles Away
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Originally from Texas, Archie Bell & the Drells hit #1 with their first single recorded for Atlantic in 1968, the gold-selling ‘Tighten Up‘.
In 1975, they signed to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International subsidiary label TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) and recorded this R&B Top 10 album. The first two singles taken from it, ‘I Could Dance All Night‘ and ‘The Soul City Walk‘ charted, but the third single, ‘Let’s Groove‘, provided them with their biggest hit since ‘Tighten Up’.
One of my top ten must have album from The Sound Of Philadelphia scene.
A devine disco soul music to washed your trouble away. How could i resist this body to dance follow that legit funk slap bass on “Dance yout trouble away” .
A1 Let’s Groove 6:04
A2 I Could Dance All Night 2:43
A3 I Won’t Leave You Honey, Never 9:02
B1 Dance Your Troubles Away 6:21
B2 The Soul City Walk 4:22
B3 Let’s Go Disco 3:46
B4 I Love You (But You Don’t Even Know It) 4:05
Archie Bell and the Drells were burning up US dance floors in the late 60s with such fun smokers as the top ten hits “Tighten Up” and “I Just Can’t Stop Dancing“. So it wasn’t a stretch for this veteran act to adapt to the disco beat that was taking over music in the mid to late 70s. In fact, it seemed that the times finally caught up with them.
This charming 1975 album was brought to you by Philly soul architects Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff via the duo’s CBS-distributed TSOP label. Bell and the boys put fire and fun into such excellent stompers as the top 10 r&b hit “Let’s Groove“, “Soul City Walk“, “Let’s Go Disco” and the title track.
The weakest tracks on this album are the two ballads, “I Won’t Leave You Honey, Never” and “I Love You (But You Don’t Even Know It)“. Although they are well-written and Bell is a very capable vocalist, these ballads would have really soared in the hands of the O’Jays or Teddy Pendergrass.
DANCE YOUR TROUBLES AWAY is Philly soul at its finest.
This long-out-of print album finally gets the respect that it deserves.
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