Friday, September 6, 2013
Phil Hurtt was an important part of the 70's soul scene collaborating with people like Jackie Moore and Bunny Sigler in The Young Professionals and later providing background vocals on the classic Eddie Kendricks l.p. Goin' up in Smoke. His songwriting skills were also prevalent as he wrote the #1 hit for The Spinners I'll Be Around.
He was also a featured vocalist in The Salsoul Orchestra. Undoubtedly the most important disco band in history. His two solo l.p.'s were not particularly successful, but this Fantasy 12" Boogie City (Rock and Boogie Down) released on Fantasy in 1979 is pure magic. Marty Blecman's mixing is ace, Blecman later went on to major high energy success with his Megatone label. The hoots and hollers are pure soulful disco throwdown minus any of the cheese and the beat doesn't spare in it's amount of funk in the disco boogie. Not a minimum of time was wasted on the production of this number. It rocks from the first second to the last and never lags.
I sold all three copies I had on ebay. But I will pay tribute to the boogie by posting it here for you now.
Phil Hurtt also has a new effort collaborating with many of his old cronies. It's called A Soulful Tale of Two Cities and may very well be worth checking out if you are into old school R and B with a new twist.