Strutt – 1976 – Time Moves On

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Strutt is a group of musicians all hailing from New Jersey. It numbers eight elements (six musicians and two vocalists) and was formed in 1973 by Carmen Cosentino who plays the guitar. As the note on the cover says: “Strutt was organized to present to the world a new creative individual sound – The New Jersey Sound”

This is a tight, competent set of funk from Strutt, the band seemed to vanish without a blip after this album’s title track, “Time Moves On“, went all the way to number one on the disco chart in 1976. Also includes “Said you didn’t love him” a wicked 70’s crossover monster with killer bridge in the middle, “Funky baby feet” and instrumentals full of organ swipes and horn blasts.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Brunswick LP including covers

Tracks
A1 Time Moves On 6:01
A2 Said You Didn’t Love Him 3:15
A3 Front Row Romeo 4:21
A4 We’ve Come a Long Way Baby 4:22
A5 Funky Sign 3:50
B1 Front Row Romeo 4:21
B2 If Wishing Made It So 4:36
B3 Funky Baby Feet 3:44
B4 Said You Didn’t Love Her [instrumental] 3:15

This band was not the same as every other band out during this time period…it was better. But it was another of those bands that didn’t get the recognition it deserved.
It is getting a lot of play overseas now, because it is worth listening to.
Even if you don’t enjoy every song, I promise you will find at least one that you will continue to play over and over and over again.
When disco was booming in the mid 70s there was a transition between european disco and funky soul. This is undisputibly the latter category. If you like B. T. Express, Ohio Players, Cold Blood, Tower Of Power, and the like, you will probably like this group for what it is.
“Time Moves On” I heard in Los Angeles during the time, and it was a hit.
Extremely brass and funky, with versatile break.

Formed in New Jersey, Strutt was a disco-funk band signed briefly to the Brunswick label. Their lineup included guitarist Carmen Cosentino, keyboardist Frank Portolano, woodwind player Jim Mecke, trombonist Joe Escobar, bassist Edward Walker, and drummer Roger Zumbo. With pianist/producer Benny Clark at the helm, Strutt recorded a full-length LP, Time Moves On, in 1975. “Funky Sign” garnered some airplay in dance clubs, as did the title track and its B-side “Front Row Romeo“. However, nothing further was heard from the group.

This album is one of these little masterpieces out on the fabulous Brunswick Record label.

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39 Comments
  • Jose
    Posted at 16:13h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Wow!!!! I remember dancing on the excellent single. Great album too.

  • Bill
    Posted at 16:33h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Yeahme too! Thanks for the share

  • Heat
    Posted at 16:37h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    really nice ^^
    thx for the share Nikos !!!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:38h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Yeah…definitely a masterpiece, Nikos! And here’s another one: http://4bbweekly.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/week-48-orientation

    /Lafayette

  • nigel parks
    Posted at 18:04h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    thank you for all your work!

  • D.
    Posted at 19:00h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks you …

  • Josh
    Posted at 21:41h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Never heard of this one. Looks interesting, though. Thanks for sharing!

  • rich
    Posted at 22:33h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    this is new to me but if its on brunswick its worth taking a listen thanx nikos

  • alphabet
    Posted at 22:40h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    What a great way to start a monday!!!! Thanks Nikos, and so soon after the Sidney Joe Qualls, thanks a lot…

  • Lancelot
    Posted at 23:13h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    This is wonderful. Thank you very much. I looking for this since years

  • wallofsound
    Posted at 01:14h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    I didn’t know this one. It’s a real killer, though. many thanks for sharing.

  • DiskoTone
    Posted at 07:39h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Dope tune! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 11:10h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Another great post! Thanks Nikos!

  • Hanks
    Posted at 14:04h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    thanks fot this gem !

  • Gas
    Posted at 14:08h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Superb…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bob
    Posted at 18:35h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Great!!! Thx!

  • Antonis
    Posted at 20:36h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Huge on the northern scene.ο»Ώ Amazing sharing nikos. Thanks.

  • SoulJah
    Posted at 22:46h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Just grabbed your last four posts and canΒ΄t wait to have a listen!! Thanks for all your work and dedication!!

  • Paolo
    Posted at 10:57h, 16 December 2009 Reply

    Fabulous album guys. Thanks a lot.

  • Tom
    Posted at 00:28h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Great. Much better than expected.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 12:30h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Great again !!! Thanks a lot !!!

  • Nicolas
    Posted at 13:54h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Great to listen to this gem coming to the light.Thanks!

  • Dan
    Posted at 16:59h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    shit team, great songο»Ώs.

  • Antonino
    Posted at 21:12h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Molto buono. Grazie.

  • al1
    Posted at 01:10h, 18 December 2009 Reply

    1 more time great great songs!!!! what a beautiful killer lp!!! thanks a lot

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 01:22h, 18 December 2009 Reply

    Indeed is a bomp!!!! Groovie and Funky! Amazing share. Once again thank you.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 04:37h, 18 December 2009 Reply

    “Time moves on” (with that memorable bass line)was huge in the clubs, as was “Front Row Romeo” – wow – what a 12″ that must have been if they were the A and B sides. Indeed, that is all I knew about the band – another classy brassy chant band a la Brass Construction/Mass Production that appeared to spring up every other week at one time. But no – futher listening was a real eye-opener. The wonderful groover “Said you didn’t love him”, the stunning “If wishing made it so” and the nice plodding ballad “We’ve come a long way” proved they certainly had a versatality that defied those huge floor fillers. Wonderful choice as always, Nikos.

  • Zion
    Posted at 10:32h, 18 December 2009 Reply

    Simply amazing. URGreat.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 16:44h, 18 December 2009 Reply

    “Said you didn’t love him” is my fav here. Overall a wonderful lp.

  • Brad
    Posted at 22:41h, 19 December 2009 Reply

    What a great surprise!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim
    Posted at 02:17h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    So glad to see folks still enjoying our music !

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:42h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    I’ve never heard this band before and i am amazed. Happy new year.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 15:48h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    Classic!! Great stuff. Much Appreciated!!

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 20:18h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    A new one on me, so thanks for the education Nikos. If you figure its good, then that’s enough for me!

  • Zer0
    Posted at 22:33h, 27 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this rare record. Just started downloading and hope its a real gem.

  • xensma
    Posted at 12:07h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    hell yeah!!!this one looks really funky, the youtube clip is simply bawesome,let’s taste it!!thanks for sharing!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 20:49h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks , i havenΒ΄t heard this one.But i’m pretty sure i like it.

  • greg
    Posted at 22:31h, 04 September 2010 Reply

    THANKS πŸ™‚

  • Nadine H.
    Posted at 08:44h, 06 November 2012 Reply

    You forgot to include the vocalists in this bio. Dickie Harmon and Ronald Jones.
    πŸ™‚

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