Bunny Sigler – 1975 – Keep Smilin’
A philly classic, and you know that I adore philly sound.
So what we have here? Bunny Singler (singer – writer – producer ) with Norman Harris and Instant Funk! These three are enough for such a great record. You can put the needle on any track and you’ve got the TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) at its exciting best. 7 minutes cover of “Love Train” is wonderful!
This is a fine @320 vinyl rip (not mine this time cause it had a lot of scratches) with original covers. This record never issued on CD.
A1 Shake Your Booty 4:47
A2 Picture Us 2:34
A3 Keep Smilin’ 5:55
A4 That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You2:55
A5 I Lied 3:54
B1 Things Are Gonna Get Better 2:55
B2 Sweeter Than the Berry 4:40
B3 Your Love Is Good 2:52
B4 Somebody Free 4:16
B5 Love Train 7:00
Bunny Sigler’s Keep Smilin’ LP was rush-released to capitalize on the fast-breaking (fast-selling) title track single. Several tracks on Keep Smilin’ were first included on That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You released earlier that year. The Philly soul singer/songwriter/producer was trying to quickly follow up his Top 30 R&B churchy ballad cover version of The O’Jays gold hit, “Love Train.” The difference between the two albums is the outstanding two tracks that feature Instant Funk:”Keep Smilin’,,””Sweeter Than the Berry.” Co-written by Sigler and Allan Felder,the pumpin’ “Keep Smilin’,” is one of Sigler’s best.) Sigler later produced a cover of the tune on guitarist Gabor Szabo for his Szabo’s excellent 1976 Mercury LP, Nightflight with that version becoming a steppers classic. The bluesy “Sweeter Than the Berry,” has punching horns and a nassty break that features Sigler, bassist Raymond Earl and the late-night wailing sax of Sam Peake. Another single, the thumpin’, brassy, fun-filled “Shake Your Booty,” was starting to gain interest before it was quelled by protest over its title. Oddly, no such protest was waged against the similarly titled “Shake Your Booty.” Norman Harris with Sigler produced ” I lied” and “Your Love Is Good” with the music by MFSB.