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Groove Machine - The Earl Young Drum Sessions Various Artists (Kent)

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Groove Machine - The Earl Young Drum Sessions Various Artists CDTOP 1629

A new Cd release from Kent Records honouring the musical achievements of Earl Young...

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Earl turned 83 in June 2023 (and a very active 83 at that!). To honour his lifetime of musical achievement, Kent presents “Groove Machine – The Earl Young Drum Sessions” a representative but also all-encompassing selection of Earl’s studio work as a drummer and singer from the mid-60s to the late 70s with the emphasis on the up-tempo

For almost 60 years Earl Young has been the heartbeat and pulsebeat of soul music in Philadelphia – the drummer on literally hundreds of sessions dating back as far as 1964, and the man who has propelled so much of the City Of Brotherly Love’s hit list in that time.

As well as being the drummer for the band that eventually became MFSB Mk. 1 and, subsequently, the Salsoul Orchestra, Earl has also led the Trammps since they came together as the Volcanoes in the mid-60s, and is still leading the group in 2023 (and playing several dozen shows a year) as their bass vocalist.

It’s fair to say that the classic 70s Sound Of Philadelphia as soul fans know it could not have existed without Earl Young behind the drum kit on so many defining sessions. His ‘four on the floor’ style essentially shaped the sound of dance music as it evolved through the middle of the decade and particularly during the peak years of Disco. Earl’s presence is immediately recognisable on just about every session he participated in, whatever the tempo of the recording.

The full release notes can be read via https://acerecords.co.uk/groove-machine-the-earl-young-drum-sessions


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1 Penguin at the Big Apple/Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (Medley) - The Trammps

2 Storm Warning - The Volcanos

3 Do the Hand Jive - Archie Bell & The Drells

4 I Ain't Got the Love of One Girl (On My Mind) - The Ambassadors

5 Silly Silly Fool - Dusty Springfield

6 Trying to Make a Fool of Me - The Delfonics

7 Please Give Me One More Chance - Clyde McPhatter

8 Backstabbers - The O'Jays

9 Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind - The Spinners

10 I Like to Live the Love - B.B. King

11 The Love I Lost (Part 1) - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

12 Do It Again - Charles Mann

13 The Sound of Philadelphia - The Three Degrees

14 Be Truthful to Me - Billy Paul

15 I'm Doin' Fine Now - New York City

16 I Just Can't Say Goodbye - Philly Devotions

17 A Mother for My Children - The Whispers

18 Be Thankful for What You Got (Part 1) - William DeVaughn

19 I Can't Fight Your Love - The Modulations

20 Touch and Go (12" Version) [feat. Barbara Roy] - Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

21 My Love Is Free - Double Exposure

22 Hit and Run - Loletta Holloway

23 Time Will Tell - Eddie Holman




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Lovely looking production up to the usual high Kent standards, and some nice not so obvious tracks in there among the better known.

Still plenty left to choose from if anyone wants to celebrate his 84th :yes:

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