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Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. We have sold Millions of Records!!
1. Known mostly for “Express Yourself,” a slinky funk jam so powerful it has yet to be rendered impotent by ceaseless overplaying in inappropriate contexts, the L.A. ensemble led by Charles Wright in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s has been the recipient of an interesting legacy hat trick over the past de¬cade or so. For a current generation of soulful crate-diggers, the band has proven to be far more than just pleasant pur-veyors of AM radio hits. If any further proof were required, these two limited-edition releases should do the job nicely. Both are two-disc sets, and both take full advantage of the extended format … but for different reasons. Though parts of the surprisingly well-recorded ‘68 concert were later edit¬ed for use on an album, hearing the way the band eases into their all-night groove is both illustrative of their process and as good a way as any to get a good picture of how forceful this brand of funk could be, even though almost all of the songs are crowd-pleasing hits by other artists. Providing a look at the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band’s own creative process, on the other hand, Puckey Puckey dishes up breathtak¬ingly long studio jams and a handful of alternate versions from album sessions. Four jams clock in near 20 minutes, and within that hour-plus, the group hits on perhaps a dozen different themes and hooks; the rest of the time they just ride the groove until inspiration hits, making for a hypnotic and insightful listen.
2. Fun, funky, and ahead of his time, Charles Wright brought the highest levels of intensity and musicianship to these tightly jamming recordings of the late 60s and early 70s. Get it if you can, as it unfortunately has slipped out of print.
4. An incredibly funky group mostly from Los Angeles (Charles Wright, the singer, originally hailed from Mississippi), the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band came together in the mid-sixties, and released nine albums between 1967 and 1975. With a stripped-down but inescapably catchy sound somewhere between Booker T and the MGs and the Meters, the eight-man crew developed a huge local following and were championed by celebrities like Bill Cosby. Their biggest hit came with “Express Yourself,” the inspirational title track off their fourth album, which Dr. Dre would rework almost 20 years later into N.W.A.’s single of the same name. The group broke up in the mid-seventies, but reunited in 1998 for an all new LP called Going To The Party.
5. The quintessential Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band record, Express Yourself displays the pur¬posefully sloppy rhythms and shout vocals that would make this band a legend in soul circles. Every track on this album is a classic, from the oft-sampled and high-charting pop single “Express Yourself” to the first of many readings of “I Got Love” that would appear on the band’s records -- and even Wright’s solo works for years to come. The aching balladry of “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and the complex compositions “High as Apple Pie -- Slice 1” and “High as Apple Pie -- Slice 2” showcase a versatility found in other West Coast collectives such as War. Perhaps the treasure of this album is the opener, “Road Without an End,” a charming, stepping groover punctuated by choppy horns and snapping drums that blend beautifully with one of Wright’s best vocals of his career, all accented by sweeping strings. Express Yourself is ‘70s soul at its most creative and satisfying. ~ Douglas Siwek, All Music Guide
6. Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were near the peak of their popularity on this, their third Warner Brothers LP featuring three chart singles. Artistically, they are right there. The rough unevenness of LP number one is gone, and it flows smoother than their second album -- which spawned “Do Your Thing.” “Till You Get Enough,” a heavy dose of funk, charted at number 68 pop and 12 R&B in 1969; the slow, sensuous “Love Land” faired much better overall at number ten pop and number 20 R&B in 1969. A final single, “Must Be Your Thing” (1970), charted at number 67 pop and 12 R&B. The band also affix their disjointed rhythmic approach to remakes of Edwin Starr’s “Twenty Five Miles,” the Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and Wilson Pickett’s “I’m a Midnight Mover.” In the Jungle, Babe is easily the most satisfying album of the bands’ career.
-Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide
7. Charles Wright headed one of the great funk groups of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Wright, who was born in Clarksdale, MS, was a singer, pianist, guitarist, and leader of the eight-member band, which had been recruited from Watts in Los Angeles. They were originally known as the Soul Runners. Bill Cosby helped get the band off the ground by giving them appearances at his gigs. They began recording for Keyman in 1967, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1969. While “Do Your Thing” and “Till You Get Enough” were Top 20 R&B hits, their finest selec¬tion was “Express Yourself,” a song that expressed the urge for freedom as adroitly as the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” had in the ‘60s. It has also been among the most sampled funk tracks for hip-hop and rap groups. “Your Love (Means Everything to Me)” was their final R&B hit in 1971, peaking at number nine R&B and number 12 pop. The group’s best ballad, “Love Land,” did better among pop fans than R&B ones, many of whom saw it as a bit soft. They continued record¬ing for Dunhill in 1973 before disbanding. Drummer James Gadson and guitarist Al McKay, who later joined Earth, Wind & Fire, were among the instrumental corps of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
-Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
8. Hot, Heat and Sweat Groove is the debut album by the funky band led by the charismatic Charles Wright. The Wright brood moved to Los Angeles when Charles Wright was 12. In Watts, Wright befriended doo woppers and balladeers like Jesse Belvin, the Hollywood Flames, the Youngsters, and others who lived in the area. Propped by stars like Bill Cosby and publicized by two and a half years of sold-out crowds at the Haunted House (a local club), along with an unexpected local hit, the band was able to secure a contract with Warner Bros. Records. Nothing major came from this set that dis¬played a choppy rhythmic approach similar to Dyke & the Blazers. But this surprisingly hard-to-find album produced by James Carmichael, who went on to great success with the Commodores, features some thick funk: “Fried Okra,” “Brown Sugar,” and reworkings of “Yellow Submarine,” “The Girl From Ipanema,” and “Bring It on Home to Me.” While not the most cohesive set, you can’t knock the hot SoCal energy exhibited by Wright and his crew of young hopefuls, including future Earth, Wind & Fire member Al McKay, along with James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Big John Rayford, Bill Cannon, Gabriel Flemings, and Joe Banks. The LP’s most popular track, “Spreading Honey,” charted at number 44 R&B and number 73 pop in 1967. The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band didn’t even record the song. Wright cut the track with Bobby Wom¬ack, Leon Haywood, James Carmichael, and others as the theme song for DJ Magnificent Montague’s radio show. But it smoked so much that Warner Bros. signed them on the dotted line and credited the single to the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band; this album followed, and the rest is history.
-Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide
-Author: Anna Fisher
9. Charles Wright the Master of Funk, expresses himself once again in this delightfully energetic release true to the magic of powerful spirit!
You will not be disappointed!
10. The original soundtrack to the civil rights/football drama Remember the Titans features classic rock, pop, and soul hits like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky,” and Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally.” Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band’s “Express Yourself,” Eric Burdon & War’s “Spill the Wine,” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Up Around the Bend” are some of the other high points from this rousing collection, which complements the film’s tale of a recently integrated high school football team in the early ‘70s.
-Heather Phares, All Music Guide
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