B.T. Express – 1974 – Do It (Til You’re Satisfied)

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The monumental debut of BT Express, an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band’s bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album’s best known for the title track “Do It (Til You’re Satisfied)” – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like “Express“, which was the original song that the created the JBs’ response track “Monorail“; “This House is Smokin“, which has lots of funky descending horn bits. 

Tracks
A1 Express 5:03
A2 If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) 5:27
A3 Once You Get It 3:18
A4 Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You) 3:00
A5 Mental Telepathy 4:03
B1 Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) 5:52
B2 Do You Like It 5:52
B3 That What I Want for You Baby 6:48
B4 This House Is Smokin’ 2:12

Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) features two million sellers by the New York natives; the title track and “Express” are funky, irresistible disco gems. Produced by Jeff Lane and mixed by Tom Moulton, the two dancefloor classics features hypnotic basslines, handclaps on alternate beats, and the coolest congas on the planet, all combined with masterfully mixed guitars, saxophones, flutes, strings, Barbara Joyce Lomas‘ blaring lead, Louis Risbrooks’ bass vocal retorts, and Richard Thompson‘s support vocals. Lane was never able to repeat the tightness of the two tracks on subsequent albums or even on this one. “If I Don’t Turn You On” and “Do You Like It” come close, but “Once You Get It,” “Do It,” “This House Is Smoking,” and “Mental Telepathy” do not. Good, because of the two classics, but a greatest-hits collection would be even better.

Instantly I’m reminded of Sly & The Family Stone, it’s like groovy soul funk music for horny normies!  This does have a few elements of disco but don’t let that scare you, it’s very soulful and cool and most of it is deeply rooted in funk.  “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)” and/or “Express” will probably sound familiar or at least they were my reason for giving this a run, totally groovy and cool.  I think what really impressed me here is that I actually love every last song and it’s an immediate love, it feels warm and familiar.  The actual instrumentation is frickin’ great, the vocals are so well placed, good harmonies and excellent skills all around.  It’s littered with awesome congos, flutes, strings and sax but all in the proper doses, completely fantastically blended.  I really don’t see how anyone could dislike this, I really think this is a classic more people should know about this darned album!  I’m definitely bummed that I didn’t find out about this sooner…this is a must have!

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23 Comments
  • Alf
    Posted at 17:58h, 06 January 2014 Reply

    What a great group. Pure quality!

  • Roberto
    Posted at 18:05h, 06 January 2014 Reply

    This song is an example of what “timeless” is.

  • Kissme
    Posted at 10:32h, 07 January 2014 Reply

    Baby it’s FUNK

  • Fabio
    Posted at 16:16h, 07 January 2014 Reply

    What an awesome start of 2014! Also happy new year to all of you “funk-our-soulies”! Now let me dig for the vinyl 🙂

  • Dr.J.K.
    Posted at 18:51h, 07 January 2014 Reply

    I’m really feelin’ this one thanks!

  • Kamil
    Posted at 19:15h, 07 January 2014 Reply

    This is pure classic.A blend of funk, disco and soul,man you can’t beat this!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 22:16h, 07 January 2014 Reply

    Nothing like some good old funk

  • zobba
    Posted at 19:57h, 08 January 2014 Reply

    Thanks

  • Andy
    Posted at 12:36h, 09 January 2014 Reply

    This shit will never go out of style

  • Hermes
    Posted at 12:40h, 10 January 2014 Reply

    Old school brings back memory of the good old days

  • Zion
    Posted at 19:40h, 10 January 2014 Reply

    Stil dance to it.

  • Lorentzo
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 January 2014 Reply

    Some of the sounds of my youth. I was 10 years old when this song came out. ;)

  • Karl
    Posted at 11:28h, 11 January 2014 Reply

    Luv that bass!

  • Jean
    Posted at 21:38h, 11 January 2014 Reply

    This is what REAL music is about!!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 02:34h, 12 January 2014 Reply

    So good.

  • Boston11
    Posted at 12:31h, 12 January 2014 Reply

    Classic!!!! Much love!!!

  • Claudette
    Posted at 09:55h, 13 January 2014 Reply

    C’est du lourd.. Amazing, THANKS

  • Mike
    Posted at 20:08h, 13 January 2014 Reply

    This is dope.

  • Jim
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 January 2014 Reply

    Takes u back..

  • MCL
    Posted at 13:55h, 16 January 2014 Reply

    Da funk

  • Soultaker73
    Posted at 07:33h, 20 January 2014 Reply

    Hands down, this is their best album. Classic!!!

  • jose
    Posted at 18:05h, 25 January 2014 Reply

    fantastic, I wasn´t a funk fan ( E W & F was the nearest i´ve been) . Find your site by accident and I’m really enjoying it¡¡ Can I suggest “Curtis Mayfield´s Super Fly OST” ??

    congratulations from Spain

  • Joe
    Posted at 18:20h, 29 January 2014 Reply

    Suh-weet! Thanks!

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