Get the Feeling

Get the Feeling

by Two Tons o' Fun


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Anyone who thinks that all disco sounds alike is uninformed -- very uninformed. In the 1970s and early '80s, disco had a European side (Cerrone, the Munich Machine, Love & Kisses, the Silver Convention) and a soul side. Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, the two female singers who performed together as Two Tons o' Fun and the Weather Girls, were clearly an example of disco-soul rather than Euro-disco. They belted, they screamed, they wailed, and they made disco seem like a very logical extension of Northern soul. Fantasy paints an attractive picture of the vocal duo on Get the Feeling, a best-of that was assembled in 1993. Most of the songs on this 65-minute CD appeared on Two Tons o' Fun or Backatcha, the 1980 LPs that Wash and Armstead recorded for producer Harvey Fuqua's Fantasy-distributed Honey label; the exception is the 1982 hit "It's Raining Men," which came out on Columbia. Whatever the label, Get the Feeling shows how rich disco-soul can be -- the duo spares no passion on exuberant gems like "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven," "Just Us," and "It's Raining Men." The latter was not only a huge hit in the gay community; it became a gay anthem (especially among African-American gays). In fact, "It's Raining Men" was, in the early '90s, the theme song for In Living Color's hilarious Men on Film sketches. One of the few tracks that isn't aimed at the dancefloor is the single "Taking Away Your Space," a glorious Philadelphia-style soul ballad that would have been perfectly at home on one of the albums that the O'Jays or Teddy Pendergrass provided for Philadelphia International in the 1970s or early '80s. Get the Feeling is well-worth obtaining if you like your disco with a major dose of soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/1993
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218966627
catalogNumber: 9666
Rank: 103323

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Two Tons o' Fun   Primary Artist
Sylvester   Keyboards
Greg Mathieson   Piano
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Kevin Toney   Organ
Maurice Long   Background Vocals
Aarons   Horn
Eluriel Tinker Barfield   Bass
Robert Bryant   Horn
Donald Cooke   Horn
Greg Crockett   Bass,Guitar
Woody Cunningham   Drums
Paul Delph   Synthesizer
Kelvin Dixon   Drums
Bob Esty   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Ernie Fields   Horn
David Frazier   Percussion
Harvey Fuqua   Background Vocals
Herman Harper   Background Vocals
Willie Henderson   Concert Master
Harvey Hughes   Drums
Douglas Kibble   Background Vocals
Bob Kingson   Bass
Harold Kohon   Concert Master
Michael Landau   Guitar
Greg Levias   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Melvin Moore   Horn
Eric Robinson   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Ralph Wash   Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Artie Webb   Flute
Tip Wirrick   Synthesizer,Guitar
Zenobia   Background Vocals
Tony Flores   Percussion
Leland Sklar   Bass
Ron E. Beck   Drums

Technical Credits

Sylvester   Contributor,rhythm arrangement
Leslie Drayton   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Greg Mathieson   Arranger
Carlos Franzetti   String Arrangements
Paul Jabara   Producer
Jeanie Tracy   Contributor
Maurice Long   Contributor
Greg Crockett   Producer,Contributor,rhythm arrangement
Woody Cunningham   Contributor
Kelvin Dixon   Contributor
Bob Esty   Arranger,Producer
David Frazier   Contributor
Harvey Fuqua   Producer,Contributor
Butch Jones   Engineer
Bob Kingson   Contributor
Greg Levias   Contributor
Eric Robinson   Contributor,rhythm arrangement
Louis Small   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Ralph Wash   Contributor
Tip Wirrick   Contributor,rhythm arrangement
Tony Flores   Contributor
Eddie Bill Harris   Engineer
Jesse Osborne   Remixing
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Barry Walters   Liner Notes

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