Bustin' Loose

Bustin' Loose

by Chuck Brown & the Soul SearchersChuck Brown & the Soul Searchers


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In the 1980s many of go-go's supporters insisted that it was going to become as big as rap. Regrettably, that never happened. Go-go was huge in Washington, D.C., where a Chuck Brown or Rare Essence show was as big a deal as a George Clinton concert, and a go-go release could be as impressive a seller as the latest Rick James record. But nationally, only a few go-go songs became major hits: E.U.'s "Da Butt" was huge in 1988, and Chuck Brown soared to the top of the R&B charts in 1978 with the insanely funky "Bustin' Loose." Brown and his band, the Soul Searchers, showed a great deal of promise on this debut album, which James Purdie produced at the famous Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. The title song is one of go-go's all-time classics, and anyone with a taste for sweaty, hard-driving funk will also find a lot to love about "If It Ain't Funky" and "I Gotcha Now." But not everything on the album is aggressive. Even though Brown is best known for his gutbucket funk grooves, "Could It Be Love" and an inspired cover of the Jerry Butler/Gamble & Huff pearl "Never Gonna Give You Up" demonstrate that he has no problem handling romantic ballads and slow jams. It isn't surprising that the album's slower tracks are so heavily influenced by Philly soul. After all, Sigma Sound is where the O'Jays, the Intruders, Blue Magic, Teddy Pendergrass, the Stylistics, Billy Paul, and countless others recorded their biggest hits. Most of Bustin' Loose, however, isn't typical of recordings made at Sigma; the majority of the material is pure go-go, and Bustin' Loose went down in history as one of go-go's most essential releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2016
Label: Raw Venture
UPC: 0767758001320
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 35352

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers   Primary Artist
Chuck Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Don Renaldo   Strings
Skip Fennell   Keyboards
Gregory Gerran   Percussion,Conga
Curtis Johnson   Organ
Ricky Wellman   Drums
Jerry Wilder   Bass,Vocals
Donald Tillery   Trumpet,Tambourine,Vocals
Leron Young   Guitar
Leroy Fleming   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Timbales,Vocals
John "JB" Buchanan   Synthesizer,Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Brown   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Curtis Johnson   Composer
Jerry Wilder   Composer
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers   Arranger
Donald Tillery   Composer
Leroy Fleming   Composer
John "JB" Buchanan   Composer
James Purdie   Arranger,Composer
Shirley Chevalier   Composer

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