Shotgun – 1977 – Shotgun

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This Detroit outfit never got their big break & judging by this smoking slab of prime funk, it’s a complete mystery how success eluded them. Oozing with the very same kind of grooves found in class acts like Brick, Slave, Cameo & the Kay-Gees, this album explodes from the opening salvo & never relents until the fade of the final cut. Packed with snappy bass lines, rubbery vocals & punchy guitars, “Shotgun” cruises along at a generally restless pace & leaves the listener satisfied in the end. How these boys never made the big leap is beyond me.




A1 Shotgun 3.11
A2 Troubleshooter 3.43
A3 Good Thing 3.52
A4 Concrete Jungle 3.28
A5 Get Down With the Get Down 3.25

B1 Mutha Funk 4.56
B2 Shady Lady 4.27
B3 Hot Line 4.47
B4 Dynamite (The Bomb) 3.18


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The first album by Shotgun — one of the many major label funk groups who flourished briefly at the end of the 70s. The group have a harder sound than most of this nature — with plenty of guitars in the mix, and an overall heavier sound than you’d expect from an effort of this type. In fact, there’s almost a rock/funk kind of groove going on — one that would be more typical of early 70s crossover efforts on Epic, in the wake of Sly Stone and other artists like that. Tracks include “Concrete Jungle”, “Get Down with the Get Down”, “Mutha Funk”, “Hot Line”, “Dynamite (The Bomb)”, and “Good Thing”. (Dusty Groove America)


This six-man funk outfit’s debut album showcased two single releases. “Hotline” is a moderately paced funk cut with lyrics that are somewhat vague with regard to the song’s message; the number peaked at #87 after seven weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. “Mutha Funk” is a pumpin’ number which lives up to its title; however, the single only managed a #67 ranking after staying on the charts one week longer than the album’s initial release. Most of the vocals are poorly arranged. As funky as this group’s music is, many cuts are heavily doused with rock & roll. (AMG)


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  • Cliff
    Posted at 18:52h, 28 May 2008 Reply

    Been looking for some Shotgun for awhile. Thanks man. And your site is all that and a ham & cheese sammich! Props to ya.

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 21:22h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Nice shot!

  • 24 carat vinyl
    Posted at 17:00h, 29 April 2009 Reply

    goldish upload, thanks!

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    Posted at 02:02h, 13 May 2009 Reply

    my grandfathers was in shotgun

  • michael hester
    Posted at 05:30h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    looking foryou for years glad to find you

  • Ty Hall
    Posted at 09:19h, 02 July 2009 Reply

    My father is Tyrone Steels of Shotgun. I listen to his track everyday and I sing. I would love to re-cut some of their tracks!

  • Aaahlex
    Posted at 14:59h, 04 July 2009 Reply

    The titletrack of this album is my favourite funktrack of all times. It just explodes! I have it als the ringtone on my mobile now. Also, this is one of the best funk recordcovers I know! Shotgun should have been big! I have the first 4 albums. My regards to Tyrone Steels. Does he know what happened to William Talbert?

  • mizzana
    Posted at 04:01h, 14 January 2010 Reply

    tyrone steels is my grandpa and its true

  • eddy
    Posted at 23:40h, 15 November 2010 Reply

    thank you jesus!

  • andrew toth
    Posted at 19:12h, 04 January 2011 Reply

    This lp blows my mind. Many thanks!

  • anthony steels
    Posted at 21:21h, 08 January 2011 Reply

    Oh Yeah> Was just listening to All of shotgun’s albums on Christmas with my father, Willie j Steels who is tyrone’s brother. Shotgun was Happenin. and still sound good. Good to see this website. Lets bring some of this music back!. ……Love ya, your nephew.. Anthony steels

  • Jake
    Posted at 15:40h, 29 March 2011 Reply

    Thank you. Thank you so very much.

    This is the best thing ever.

  • pete
    Posted at 02:16h, 29 November 2011 Reply

    this album is the business. mutha funk!!!! indeed

  • Danna Gentry
    Posted at 17:36h, 17 September 2016 Reply

    My fathers name is Willie Gentry, just wondering if there are any other surviving members of this group?

    • LaDonna austin
      Posted at 22:52h, 19 June 2018 Reply

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