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ARTIST
TITLE
Together
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
WS 1761LP WS 1761LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/16/2009

Exact repro reissue; originally released on Warner in 1968. "The standout cut is 'Do Your Thing,' a simmering call to the dancefloor that plays on the strengths of this very tight band, slowly building into an undeniable groove; the record-buying public thought similarly, pushing 'Do Your Thing' to number 11 on the Billboard charts. About a third of Together follows in this funky groove: 'Giggin' Down 103rd,' 'Sorry Charlie,' and the sax feature 'Phuncky Bill.' There are some covers here too, the mid-show cool down of 'Stormy Monday,' a tip of the hat to JB with 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag,' and a 200 mph run-through of Eddie Floyd's 'Knock on Wood.' The rest of the album is made up of mid-tempo soul with a loping, Southern feel that doesn't stand out so much because of what is played but how it's played. The Watts band was a monster with James Gadson on drums, Melvin Dunlap on bass, Al McKay on guitar, and a fearsome horn section too, with special mention going to Bill Cannon here for the previously mentioned 'Phuncky Bill.' Gadson and McKay would go on to join Earth, Wind & Fire while Dunlap joined Bill Withers' band. Together shows a band on the way to its peak..." -- All Music Guide