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.

Tracks
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.

bio
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.

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50 Comments
  • Sir Michael L. Foley
    Posted at 16:35h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    Groovy! Thank you!

  • Messiah
    Posted at 16:30h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    love that Philly sound! can’t wait to hear this one. thanks Nikos!

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 16:40h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    Philly Groove and Funk. What a nice compination, nikos. Thank you.

  • k02
    Posted at 21:01h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    Great thanks for this

  • andre
    Posted at 21:14h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    thanks alot can’t wait to listen to this one.

  • funkyM
    Posted at 22:23h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    glad to see you again nikos! thanks much.

  • Rene
    Posted at 04:23h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Funk is alive here. You are the light.

  • Mr.Fean
    Posted at 05:01h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    You always find new sounds to my ears! thanks for everything you do to keep this music alive.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 07:42h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    It is an experience to be in this blog. Thank you for this gem.

  • JTF
    Posted at 10:29h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    you kick azz!

  • dj fanis
    Posted at 10:35h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Poli kalos diskos Niko,efharisto!!!

  • gianni
    Posted at 15:39h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    thanks again nikos. you are as great as your shared music!

  • carlos
    Posted at 12:07h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you,you’re the sunshine of my life (singing)

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 12:45h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Kickin ya all funkiness. Uncut seventies feeling some of us grew up with. Thx bro.

  • ThorZeen
    Posted at 13:51h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Great album, thanks for the post!

  • Laker
    Posted at 14:05h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Always trust Philly Groove Sound! Brothers you rule!

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 17:59h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you for the best blog on the net !!!

  • phantom_able
    Posted at 18:15h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    great album!! used to have this before my hard drive crashed actually, greats uploads nikos! great blog!

  • ben
    Posted at 04:45h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Someone said this site is a history lesson on music. So true, man.
    Excellent funky album. Keep on.

  • Andrew B.
    Posted at 05:01h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    i remember listen it to the radio back at 70’s. Also “Boggie Woogie”. i like the band. It’s great that you keep this music alive.

  • MR PLAYA
    Posted at 05:33h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    once again fantatic post. great sound………….

  • jack_faith
    Posted at 07:43h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    just realised you’re back! That is excellent news. I can’t wait to check some of your new posts and the old ones I missed out on. The links seem to be dead at the moment, I guess its rapidshare being a bit tempramental.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 07:50h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    The links are working fine, my friend!

  • Bri
    Posted at 08:12h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Its great 2 have u back!!!!

  • Thornnadaal
    Posted at 08:47h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Amazing blog, great albums you have in here, keep up the great work my friend!

  • Fin
    Posted at 15:01h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    There so many grooves here. A very beautiful record! Great rip nikos.

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 19:27h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • Humboldt
    Posted at 18:49h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much for this masterpiece.

  • Zen
    Posted at 07:36h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Funk is well respected here. Bravo.

  • Maria
    Posted at 13:52h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    This is real music.

  • irolabuji
    Posted at 04:12h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    good to have you back! Really appreciate this album man thanks a ton

  • mulatt
    Posted at 23:19h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    great quality good vibes,thanks

  • hakushondaimao
    Posted at 14:43h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    groovy tunes, and great rip. funks my soul. great having you back, and also great seeing you on 4BB. thanks!

  • hakushondaimao
    Posted at 14:44h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    groovy album, and great rip as usual. great having you back, and also great seeing you on 4BB. thanks!

  • Rich
    Posted at 15:17h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos again great post hey i was looking for some lps for the group the moments. do u got any of there albums.

  • cob
    Posted at 02:30h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    dig it!

  • Jazzsoulman
    Posted at 10:41h, 18 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you Nikos for this great lost Funk/Soul gem

  • jerome green
    Posted at 09:40h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    This lp really grooves! Thank you again for all the funky goodness.

    Peace, Jerome

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 15:00h, 15 June 2008 Reply

    Devil WIth A Bust was all I needed to know, thx as always Nikos, Ive been gettin some really nice gemz from you lately!

  • asher dust
    Posted at 20:17h, 20 October 2008 Reply

    more funky dopeness…
    peace and blessings..
    :)))))

  • jean
    Posted at 04:53h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    wooooooooooooooooooo what a groove….now i know them…thanks (and thanks again for the time that u take …..no doubt a beautiful work…a big soul brotha

  • mandustrian
    Posted at 03:28h, 28 January 2009 Reply

    thanx Nikos, both SE albums are rare delightful fruits!!

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 15:07h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    So groovy… Love and happines brother Nikos

  • Mr Sam
    Posted at 16:39h, 25 April 2009 Reply

    Another very good groovy album. What a pleasure to know you fellas…

  • xensma
    Posted at 10:30h, 12 September 2009 Reply

    thank you for this one!!it’s a fantastic group,i only knew the track boogie woogie from them and it’s amazing!!i hope this lp is as good as it!

  • Arthur Grant Jr.
    Posted at 01:00h, 24 March 2011 Reply

    LEAD VOCALIST OF THE SOUND EXPERIENCE ALIVE AND DOING WELL arthurgrantjr.com

  • Everett Harris
    Posted at 04:42h, 16 April 2011 Reply

    I’ve been left out of everything I have read about the Sound Experience.I’m the bass guitarist of the group,If you have the power to add my name it would realy mean alot .

    Thank You
    Everett

  • hooch
    Posted at 16:10h, 07 June 2011 Reply

    Class LP – thank you!

  • Hamburg City
    Posted at 18:16h, 30 January 2013 Reply

    I´m realy impressed how tasteful your posts are. I seldom saw a blog that keeps the level of quality as high as you!
    Thank you!

  • Johnnie Foreman
    Posted at 14:35h, 14 May 2017 Reply

    This Johnnie Foreman, the trombone player , back ground vocals and on stage band leader. Thanks for the mention of our endeavors, it was truly a blast to be a part of this group. It changed my life.

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