Fatback Band – Keep On Steppin’ (1974 Event Records)

This was the first Fatback Band album after leaving Perception Records for a long stint with Polydor subsidiaries Event and Spring Records.  It’s worth having just for the opening track, Mr. Bass Man, which is a funk classic.

But there is plenty here for friends of the funk – the loose jamming of New York Style or the tightness of Wicki-Wacky are standouts.  The soul ballads are maybe less compelling as the vocals tend to be a bit “pitchy”.

Incidentally the Southbound CD pressing of this album from Germany, sounds really nice.  The midrange is a bit scooped, which means the bass is maybe a bit fuller and warmer than the vinyl, and they left the dynamics intact.

1 Mr. Bass Man 3:22
2 Stuff 5:00
3 New York Style 5:29
4 Love 3:43
5 Can’t Fight The Flame 3:09
6 Wicki Wacky 3:20
7 Feeling 2:53
8 Keep On Steppin’ 4:21
9 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 3:39

Arranged By – Bill Curtis (tracks: 2, 3, 6 to 8), Gerry Thomas (tracks: 1, 4, 9), Johnny King (3) (tracks: 5)
Bass, Percussion – Johnny Flippin
Design [Cover Design] – Ted Pettus
Drums, Percussion – Bill Curtis
Engineer – Eddie Korvin, Jan Rathbun
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – George Adams
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Johnny King (3)
Producer – The Fatback Band
Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Earl Shelton
Trumpet, Organ – Gerry Thomas
Trumpet, Vocals – George Williams

Notes
Recorded at Blue Rock Studio
Originally released in 197

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3 Comments

  1. Wooow!!! Fatback!! keep dropping those funk bombs!
    can you please, fix the Bernie Worrell’s album’s link?
    thanks a lot!! this blog is the best

  2. thanks a lot!! I’ve been looking for this a a lossless version of this album for a while.

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