Bunny Sigler – 1975 – Keep Smilin’

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A philly classic, and you know that I adore philly sound.

So what we have here? Bunny Singler (singer – writer – producer ) with Norman Harris and Instant Funk! These three are enough for such a great record. You can put the needle on any track and you’ve got the TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) at its exciting best. 7 minutes cover of “Love Train” is wonderful!

This is a fine @320 vinyl rip (not mine this time cause it had a lot of scratches) with original covers. This record never issued on CD.

Tracks
A1 Shake Your Booty 4:47
A2 Picture Us 2:34
A3 Keep Smilin’ 5:55
A4 That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You2:55
A5 I Lied 3:54
B1 Things Are Gonna Get Better 2:55
B2 Sweeter Than the Berry 4:40
B3 Your Love Is Good 2:52
B4 Somebody Free 4:16
B5 Love Train 7:00

Bunny Sigler’s Keep Smilin’ LP was rush-released to capitalize on the fast-breaking (fast-selling) title track single. Several tracks on Keep Smilin’ were first included on That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You released earlier that year. The Philly soul singer/songwriter/producer was trying to quickly follow up his Top 30 R&B churchy ballad cover version of The O’Jays gold hit, “Love Train.” The difference between the two albums is the outstanding two tracks that feature Instant Funk:”Keep Smilin’,,””Sweeter Than the Berry.” Co-written by Sigler and Allan Felder,the pumpin’ “Keep Smilin’,” is one of Sigler’s best.) Sigler later produced a cover of the tune on guitarist Gabor Szabo for his Szabo’s excellent 1976 Mercury LP, Nightflight with that version becoming a steppers classic. The bluesy “Sweeter Than the Berry,” has punching horns and a nassty break that features Sigler, bassist Raymond Earl and the late-night wailing sax of Sam Peake. Another single, the thumpin’, brassy, fun-filled “Shake Your Booty,” was starting to gain interest before it was quelled by protest over its title. Oddly, no such protest was waged against the similarly titled “Shake Your Booty.” Norman Harris with Sigler produced ” I lied” and “Your Love Is Good” with the music by MFSB.

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10 Comments
  • danymix
    Posted at 11:29h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    buuny is a big big singuer !!
    thanks for all

  • Oldy
    Posted at 18:45h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Yes he’s one of my favorit !! thnx sooo mush for sharing….
    BigUp to you BrO 😉

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 06:48h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Shake Your Booty!! Thanks man…

  • pedro
    Posted at 19:37h, 27 May 2008 Reply

    BUNNY’S THE MAN aTRUE SOULMAN THE PHILLY STUFF IS GREAT THANKS

  • jerome green
    Posted at 00:31h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Bunny was one of the pillars behind the scenes keeping the show rolling at Philadelphia International. He had a hand in so many great records by amazing groups and artists (Instant Funk, O’Jays, Lou Rawls, Pattie Brooks, South Shore Commission, Archie Bell & The Drells, etc.). Check out his “By The Way You Dance” on the Strut mix cd “Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage”. Just excellent.

    Thanks, Nikos, for bringing this record to our ears! It is much appreciated.

    Peace, Jerome

  • jean
    Posted at 05:49h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    shake ur booty…a classic…dope ..dope …dope …thanks again dude …u are amazing..thanks to spend some time for us… a soulman bro

  • Chris
    Posted at 04:07h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    Nice post. If you have any more Bunny albums, please get them up there. His earlier 70s work is funky!

  • noguti_sp@hotmail.com
    Posted at 23:14h, 28 January 2009 Reply

    muito obrigado

  • Dan
    Posted at 00:28h, 02 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this great album.

  • alex duffy.
    Posted at 16:07h, 13 April 2013 Reply

    When you listen to BUNNY SIGLERS anthem, you cant stop SMILING…..the sound of PHILADELPHIA…you cant beat it….classic soul music.

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