Keep On Running
@1975 US Pressing
The third album from Black Heat — and quite possibly the funkiest of the bunch — thanks to an even tighter sound than before, and lots of emphasis on the bottom of the groove! The group’s got a few more members than before, but their sound is somehow even leaner — a really tight approach to ensemble funk that really sits proudly with the best of the Kool& The Gang/Fatback generation — with some sweet Afro-inspired touches as well! The organ on the set is especially nice — played by Johnell Grey, and bubbling up nicely underneath the horns — and the drums from Esco Cromer have a wicked kick too, even on some of the album’s mellower cuts. Titles include the killer break cut “Zimba Ku”, plus “Questions & Conclusions”, “Love”, “Prince Duval”, “Feel Like A Child”, “Keep On Runnin”, and a nice funky version of “Drive My Car”.