Saturday, 18 June 2011

Exit 9 - Straight Up (1975)


"Straight Up" was the only album released by Exit 9, a nine-piece funk band out of New York. The group was a young one, with all members aged between of 16 and 20 when "Straight Up" was recorded. Originally called "Qualified Funk", the group built a reputation as a solid soul/rock outfit. A few months before this album was recorded, the group signed on with new managers, John Jenkins and Modeste Clark, changed their name to Exit 9, and shifted to a more dance music approach, with funky rhythms, strong melodies, tight brass, and guitars adding a raw edge to many of the songs. "Miss Funky Fox," an upbeat dancefloor favourite, is probably the best known track, but the entire album is strong, with highlights including the title track and "Jive Man," both infectious, up tempo groovers, and the mellow "Thoughts Of You." Exit 9's sound has been compared to pre-disco Bohannon and early Kool And The Gang - heady company to say the least! No wonder "Straight Up" is so popular with crate diggers and groove junkies!

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