Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
When I finally received a near mint, original copy of this LP in the mail from a colleague of one of the band's promotion people, I got a Cheshire Cat grin across my face similar to Roy's on the cover. This is best known for the opening song, "Party Time". It's a massive funk cut which starts out with heavyweight drums (this is one of the two songs where Roy isn't on the skins. He plays the claves here), then the bass and guitar joining in before going into a Rhodes and Fred Wesley-style trombone jam. "Love You" is a mellow tune where Porter not only plays drums, but for the first time ever SINGS too. Well, let's just say he's no Al Green. "Panama" has a fast, buzzing bassline beat where the horns pull out all the stops and has beautiful fluting. This version of "Jessica" contains flattering vocals this time around with a fatter beat and wah-wah. "Wavering", which is based on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave", swings with focus on the keys. Roy decides to serenade us with his vocal stylings once again on "Funny Feelin'". "Out on the Town" is another trombone driven instrumental. Overall, this is a very consistent album which is much more funkier than its laid-back predecessor.