C.J. & CO. – 1977 – Devil’s Gun

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This is a great find for Disco and Funk lovers, very difficult to be found on mp3 especially [email protected] This is a fine vinyl rip.

A disco-fied up-tempo funk – recorded for Westbound during their Atlantic years, and featuring some very strong production by Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey in a style that was similar to T-Connection’s early records.

Westbound Records (US) / 1977 / WB 301 LP


A1 Devil’s Gun 7:14
A2 We Got Our Own Thing 9:30
B1 Free To Be Me 5:03
B2 Get A Groove In Order To Move 5:11
B3 Sure Can’t Go To The Moon 7:30

The group’s musical direction took a dramatic turn with the arrival of a song from England called Devil’s Gun. The song, penned by a group of lads who’d achieved chart success in the UK with Barry Blue, proved to be a monster disco smash during the summer months of 1977. Hitting #1 on the dance charts from coast to coast, in the US, the track, aided by a Tom Moulton mix, enjoyed similar action in the UK. The album also included the much sampled and ready-for-a-cover-version “We Got Our Own Thing“.

Achieved No.12 on the Billboard Black Albums chart and No.60 on the Pop Album chart.

“Devil’s Gun” the single reached No.1 on the Club Play Singles chart,No.2 on the Black Singles chart and No.36 on the Pop Singles chart.

Best known for its number two RB hit “The Devil’s Gun,” C.J. Co. was a short-lived vocal group that combined disco with Detroit soul. The quintet was assembled in the Motor City by guitarist Dennis Coffey, who was among Detroit’s busiest RB session players of the 1960s and 1970s. Coffey formed C.J. Co. in 1977, uniting three male singers (Cornelius Brown Jr., Curtis Durden, and Charles Clark) with two female singers (Joni Tolbert and Connie Durden). That year, C.J. Co. signed with Westbound and recorded their debut album, which was also titled The Devil’s Gun and was produced by Coffey and Mike Theodore. With the title song having been a smash, Westbound released “We Got Our Own Thing” as a follow-up single. But that single didn’t fare nearly as well as “The Devil’s Gun,” and C.J. Co. went down in history as one-hit wonders. In 1978, Westbound released the group’s second album, “Deadeye Dick”, which was also produced by Coffey and Theodore. That LP received very little attention and C.J. Co. broke up without ever recording a third album.

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  • kletcher
    Posted at 06:51h, 05 May 2008 Reply

    album is amazing. thanks for this one !

  • muzik addic
    Posted at 22:34h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Never heard this before. very good album, Nice find.

  • womb
    Posted at 17:41h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    gran disco, llevo años buscandolo, ha sido un gran regalo de fin de año el poder escucharlo como en los mejores tiempos de mi juventud
    thank youuuuuuu!!!!

  • Eddie
    Posted at 10:35h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    On the money Nikos the track We Got Our Own Thing was a huge funk disco floor filler back in the 70’s when clubs were smokey dark places before regulations called for Fire Exit lights and restricted numbers so then it was packed bodies all grooving in darkness lost in the funk grinding with the girls too drunk on music and the opposite sex to want to go home.

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 13:07h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    Oh yeah! it is party time!!!

  • gaby
    Posted at 04:33h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    thank you, one of the best funk disco records ever made, thanks for sharin
    blessings and good health!!

  • Phil
    Posted at 10:17h, 08 August 2009 Reply

    The line-up on this album is phenomenal. Some of the funk brothers: Uriel Jones, Earl Van Dyke, Robert White and Tiki Fulwood of Funkadelic and Dennis Coffey himself. I just wish I could have seen those sessions.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:50h, 05 September 2009 Reply

    Would love to hear it. Can you re-up?

  • ron roker
    Posted at 10:59h, 27 July 2011 Reply

    Hi FMS guys,Thank you so much for mentioning the Devils Gun track. My name is Ron Roker and as one of the three UK writers along with Barry Blue and Gerry Shury I remember producing the original version of the song, we wrote it for a Manchester Soul Band called Great Expectations it was originally released in 1973 on Polydor and later we had the cover version by the great CJ & Co and Dennis Coffey in 1997 they did a fabulous job and later I was knocked out when Redman & Missy Elliot used the track to write their rap song Dat Bitch over for Redmans ‘Malpractice’ album. At the time in the early 70’s and late 60’s they thought Soul was only coming from the States but we knew that the UK had soul too and the UK produced many good soul acts. Thanks once again for the mention best. Ron

  • Graham Seymour
    Posted at 15:37h, 28 July 2011 Reply

    Hi Ron,

    I seem to recall there was another remix of the song during the past 5 years- any thoughts please?



  • Grooveskin
    Posted at 14:13h, 02 December 2011 Reply

    Heavy D Knew His Music As He Rapped A Remake Of We Got Our Own Thang

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