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Groove-A-Thon

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Groove-A-Thon
9:50  
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Your Loving Is Much Too Strong
5:42  
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Rock Me Easy Baby
8:16  
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We've Got A Whole Lot Of Love
5:42  
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Wish You Were Here (You Ought To Be Here)
5:55  
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Make A Little Love To Me
6:19  
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 41:44

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It does groove

CamMC

I just wanted to correct the official review of this album with respect to the title track. Yes it has cheesy lyrics, but hell it does groove, its nine minutes of pure groove and the lyrics bounce around nicely like bubles of disco light on the top. I gave it 4 stars because its not up there with Ikes very best, which is peerless, but as with anything by this man, it has more musical ideas and interst than most other artists would dream of in a decade.

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The title track employs “Shaft”-like guitar licks, but the similarity ends there: It’s a lame attempt at disco done in by Ike’s lazy singing and irritatingly banal lyrics. But it’s the LP’s only sore point. Ike returns to his roots on “Your Loving Is Much Too Strong,” a slow, romantic ballad that he and his girls, Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited, make you feel. “Rock Me Easy Baby,” a slinky, syncopated shuffle, has more groove appeal than the vaunted “Groove-A-Thon,” mainly because Ike constructs it for maximum soul appeal by running it for more than eight exquisite minutes. The uptempo happy-in-love ditty “We’ve Got a Whole Lot of Love” showcases HBS’ sterling voices. Ike shows a different side on the soft, longing “Wish You Were Here,” whose horn arrangements and backing vocals are simultaneously enticing and titillating. After a weak opening, the album settles into a comfortable groove, ending splendidly with “Make a Little Love to Me.” – Andrew Hamilton

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