Bottom & Co. - 1976 – Rock Bottom
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Such a great little album full of funk and soul gems.
In particular the funky “Do you wanna do a thing” and my fave the fab soul/funk “You can belong to me (if you let me love you)” a real treat for the ears that one!
A1 Here for the Party 4:17
A2 You Can Belong to Me (If You Let Me Love You) 5:16
A3 Firefly 3:06
A4 Do a Funky Thing Together 6:13
B1 Let’s Get on Down 4:36
B2 Do You Wanna Do a Thing 3:40
B3 Love Is You and Me 3:19
B4 Ticket to the Moon 2:50
B5 Don’t Get Excited 5:19
Comprised of trumpeter Richard Griffith, tenor saxophonist Sanchez Harley, bassist Jesse Boyce, keyboardist Fred Birdwell, guitarist John Helms and drummer Freeman Brown (all had a hand in vocals) their first charting side was the Boyce-penned You’re My Life (2:59) which inched into the R&B Top 100 at # 96 in May 1974 as Motown 1291F b/w Gotta Find A True Love (2:53), followed by the non-charting Spread The News (2:24) as Motown 1309F offering same song on both sides – one mono the other stereo later in 1974.
In mid-1975 they failed again with Do You Wanna Do A Thing? (3:16) b/w Ticket To The Moon (3:02) as Motown 1337F, before closing out their singles career with the Oct-Nov 1975 # 93 R&B Here For The Party (3:03) b/w Ticket To The Moon (3:02) as Motown 1363F.
Despite the disappointing commercial results, Motown then gave them a 1976 album on their Gordy subsidiary titled, perhaps appropriately, “Rock Bottom” (Gordy G6-977 S1).
I suppose all we can ever expect to see in their case are the vinyl copies of the album and 45-rpm discs covered here, unless their music is included in some future multiple-artist compendium of the more obscure Motown family recording artists.