Tighten Up (Archie Bell & the Drells album)

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Tighten Up
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RecordedJones Sound Recording Studio
Houston, Texas
Genre Funk, soul, R&B
Label Atlantic
Producer LJF Productions

Tighten Up is an album by American funk band Archie Bell & the Drells, released under Atlantic in 1968. The design of the album cover was by Loring Eutemey. instrumental backing provided by the T.S.U Tornadoes. members included Cal Thomas and Will Thomas on guitar, Jerry Jenkins on bass, Robert Sanders on organ, Dwight Burns on drums, Darryl Bursby on sax, Clarence Harper on trumpet, and Leroy Lewis and Nelson Mills on horns.

Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B). Funk de-emphasizes melody and chord progressions and focuses on a strong rhythmic groove of a bass line played by an electric bassist and a drum part played by a drummer, often at slower tempos than other popular music. Like much of African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments playing interlocking grooves that created a "hypnotic" and "danceable feel". Funk uses the same richly colored extended chords found in bebop jazz, such as minor chords with added sevenths and elevenths, or dominant seventh chords with altered ninths and thirteenths.

Archie Bell & the Drells American vocal group

Archie Bell & the Drells was an American R&B vocal group from Houston, Texas, and one of the main acts on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records. The band's hits include "Tighten Up", "I Can't Stop Dancing", "There's Gonna Be A Showdown", "Girl You're Too Young" (1969), "Here I Go Again", "Soul City Walk" (1975), "Let's Groove", "Everybody Have A Good Time" (1977), and "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (1976).

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.

Track listing

  1. "Tighten Up (Part One)" (Archie Bell, Billy Buttier) - 3:10
  2. "Tighten Up (Part Two)" (Bell, Buttier) - 2:48
  3. "I Don't Wanna Be a Playboy" (Earl Hines, James Bonner) - 3:01
  4. "You're Mine" (Cal Thomas) -3:45
  5. "Knock on Wood" (Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper) - 2:33
  6. "Give Me Time" (Sunny Ozuna) - 2:32
  7. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett) - 2:28
  8. "When You Left Heartache Began" (Bell) - 2:36
  9. "A Thousand Wonders" (Thomas) - 2:08
  10. "A Soldier's Prayer, 1967" (Bell) - 2:45

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