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.