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Hot Chocolate – 1971 – Hot Chocolate

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Hooooooweeeeeeee…. 

Man, it couldn’t get any better… this joint doesn’t need no extra cream… 

The much underrated Hot Chocolate, not to be confused with the British disco band, cut one masterful greasy funk album in 1971, changed its name to Seven Miles High later on and remained active in the field of music, despite never achieving true commercial success. 
By Soulmakossa

Funkateers, however, have coveted this album for years… 

Starring Lou Ragland on guitar and vocals, George Pickett on bass and Tony Roberson on drums, this power trio wades through unpolished, skeletal James Brown/Meters-style fonk with a vengeance… 

Ain’t It a Groove” shoulda been a huge hit… there’s the fatback rhythm, the beefy bass lines and Ragland’s full-throttled gospel-styled vocalizing, with a stupidly all-out vamping finale featuring the whole band going into a sing-a-long jam… Deeeeeeep… 

Instrumentals galore here, as well: the well-titled “So Dam Funky” is just nasty… just brewing in its funkiness… Plodding drums, a menacing descending bass riff, jinglin’ tambourines and on top of all that Ragland’s jazzy-scratchy guitar goodies… 

After taking a short break with the lovely, dreamy, whimsical instro “Sexy Moods of Your Mind“, Hot Chocolate delve right back into the funk with the insanely groovy “Messing With Sly“; a piledriver of a funkathon built off the riff to Sly & The Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song“… when Roberson starts kickin’ that bass drum and swooshing those cymbals, ya wished it would go on forever. 

We Had True Love” – also released on single – is the band’s most upfront vocal effort; a nice, yet still rough, slow grinding soul ballad. Booties can get back to shakin’ as they plow into “What You Want to Do“, a fierce dancefloor monster showcasing Roberson’s in-the-pocket drumming. The most James Brown-ish track here, and man is it good. 

Finally, “What Should I Do” ends the group’s sole album on a quieter, laid back tip… a breezy, melodic ballad that just makes ya feel good… 

Funk Fest right here, y’all…