In The Basement
ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY (feat. BEN AIKEN)-We’re On The Right Track/FIRST CHOICE-Armed And Extremely Dangerous; This Is The House; Gotta Get Away; Gonna Keep On Lovin’ Him/DELFONICS-I Told You So/NAT TURNER (feat. MAJOR HARRIS)-Ruby Lee/PHILLY GROOVE ORCH. (feat. FIRST CHOICE)-Let Us Entertain You/FINISHING TOUCH-Second Best (Is Never Enough); Don’t Put Me Down/TAPESTRY-Big Stone Wall (Around Your Heart)/HEAVEN ‘N HELL-Whatcha Gonna Do
More Philly magic but this time remixes are the name of the game, courtesy of the man who must, over the years, have done more than any other, Mister Tom Moulton. Not part of the ‘Backbeat’ series this time and drawn from the catalogue of Stan Watson’s Philly Groove Records, as the whole caboodle kicks in with the train noises that introduce the Ben Aiken-featured ‘We’re On The Right Track’ by Ultra High Frequency. With its running time of 6:36, it’s matched by First Choice’s ‘Armed And Extremely Dangerous’ - a number that crops up at an alarming rate - while the shortest cut here, at 4:43, is ‘Ruby Lee’ by Nat Turner [Nat Turner Rebellion], featuring the lead vocals (from one minute in) of Major Harris, and the longest is Heaven & Hell’s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’, clocking in at 9:48, something of a midtempo marathon and, for this
listener, way too long and a bit messy in the vocal department. Not far behind, at 9:11, we get the funkier sounds of ‘Don’t Put Me Down’ from Finishing Touch, whose other effort, ‘Second Best (Is Never Enough)’, flows much better over swirling strings and harmonies and spans a more negotiable 5:15.