Sound Experience – 1974 – Don’t Fight The Feeling
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Plain and simple, if you’re a fan of funk and ’70s soul, this great group belongs in your collection… they were a fantastic “live” group (with the horns, funky clavinette, big afros and all) who did a great job at carrying their sound into the studio – – all these years later their grooves are just as infectious as not only when they recorded it, but when I first heard it… true funkateers… get this album on the top of your list ! !
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the reissue Philly Groove LP with covers.
A1 Your Love Belongs To Me (3:48)
A2 Can I Be Your Lover (3:09)
A3 This World Is Really Mine (5:46)
A4 Step People (3:30)
A5 Don’t Fight The Feeling (3:25)
B1 Going Through The Motions (3:59)
B2 You’ve Broken My Heart (3:45)
B3 You Don’t Know What You’re Doing (4:52)
B4 Devil With The Bust (5:41)
This is one of those groups that barely made a splash in the industry but sounds wonderful and fresh when listened to today. I tend to hear the influences of groups like Parliament, Ohio Players, Bootsy & maybe mid-late 70’s Bar-Kays in some of the songs. Sound Experience is a rather large funk outfit that hailed from Philly under the guidance of Stan Watson, A man who, along with many other artists/producers of the time, contributed some of the best funk music offerings of the “Philly Sound“. The bass and drums are deep and driving & the highs are sharp and tinsel.
I feel that musically, The group sounds great and could have held their own alonside many of the hard-hitting groups within it’s genre any day. I also feel that the vocals are average but could use work. This groups charm was definately in it’s musicianship. If you like and own (Cameo, Parliament, Ohio Players, Bar kays, Black Heat)- Then Sound Experience belongs in your collection…providing of course, You consider yourself a TRUE fan of funk music. You wouldn’t be making a mistake with adding this to your archives.
Sound Experience was a tight, hard-driving funk ensemble with a flair for up-tempo grooves and aggressive, mind-bending guitar work drenched in fuzz and wah-wah effects. Composed of lead vocalist Arthur Grant, Leroy Frailing, Johnny Groman, Gregory Holmes, James Lindsey, Melvin Miles, Anton Scott, and Reginald Wright, the rather large group formed at Baltimore’s Morgan State College in 1970 and quickly built a local following. During the early ’70s, the group hooked up with producer Stan Watson and his Philly Groove/Soulville labels, and moved to Philadelphia to record with him. Early sides like “40 Acres and a Mule” and “Blow Your Mind” displayed the influence of early Funkadelic, but by the time of their first album, 1974’s Don’t Fight the Feeling, their sound was a bit smoother around the edges. The title cut was a minor hit, and “Devil With the Bust” became an oft-sampled breakbeat classic in the years to come; other singles included “You’ve Broken My Heart” and 1975’s “Boogie Woogie.” Although their recorded output was limited, Sound Experience enjoyed an enduring cult following among funk collectors; Collectables issued the career overview The Soulville Collection on CD in 1994, and acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson used the track “J.P. Walk” in his adult-film saga Boogie Nights.