Mad Cliff - S/T

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Mad Cliff - S/T

Message par nino » 27 août 2012 13:23

Mad Cliff - S/T (Guinness Records GNS 36084, 1977)



A1 What The People Say About Love
(Chris Hills)
A2 I Like It
(Chris Hills)
A3 Steal You Away
(Chris Hills)
A4 Goin' To The Disco
(Chris Hills)

B1 As Much Out Of It
(Chico Waters, Chris Hills)
B2 Just Another Woman
(Chris Hills)
B3 It Takes A Little More
(Chris Hills, Danny Weiss)
B4 You Can Make The Change
(Chico Waters, Chris Hills)


Producteur : White Noise

Découvert grâce à mon meilleur ami, ce LP produit en 1977 sur le label Guinness Records regorge de trésors.
Très peu d'infos sur le producteur (White Noise? dixit Discogs), je ne connais ce label que par les 2 LPs de Newban, celui de Love People et celui de Formula 1 (où figure un des membres de Mighty Ryeders, Rodney Mathew), mais chacun de ces albums mériterait un topic.

Favorite Track, on tutoie les sommets :


Celui-ci étant trouvable sur la compilation "Kings Of Funk" de Keb Darge

Les vacances sont finies... :)

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in the jungle groove

Mad Cliff - Mad Cliff

Message par in the jungle groove » 01 sept. 2012 13:33

Chris Hills a écrit les premiers morceaux, serait-ce lui au chant? Il a fait (si c'est le même mais je pense que c'est le cas) un très bon album en 1971 Chris Hills & Everything Is Everything - Comin' Outta The Ghetto

Je ne sais pas pourquoi mais j'ai souvenir que Jerry Williams aka Swamp Dogg a un lien avec cet album mais je ne trouve rien sur le net... :scratch: Je dois me mélanger les crayons...

J'ai trouvé ça sur le net ( ... mad_cliff/ ):
"In terms of chronology, 1977's "Mad Cliff" was apparently the final release on the infamous Guinness Records tax scam label.

I'm not sure what the actual relationship and train of events was, but the "Mad Cliff" album seems to be related to singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hills and his mid-1970s New York City-based studio outfit The Players' Association. My own guess is that the eight tracks were demos Hill and company shopped around to various labels before being signed by Vanguard. That's based on the fact the "Mad Cliff" album shared two songs with The Players' Association catalog:

- 'I Like It' was also found on 1977's "The Players' Association" (Vanguard catalog number VSD-79384)
- 'Goin' To the Disco' was also found on 1978's "Born To Dance" (Vanguard catalog number VSD-79398)

Add to that the fact tax scam labels were notorious for releasing virtually anything they could get their corporate hands on and even though The Players Association was signed to a legitimate recording contract, that wouldn't have stopped Guinness from releasing the demos in its possession under the guise of Mad Cliff.

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hills was the brainchild behind The Players' Association and given he was credited with penning, or co-writing all eight tracks, his fingerprints were all over this album as well. Musically the set was pretty diverse, including stabs at disco, funk, and old school soul. Hills had a decent voice (check out the ballad 'Steal Away') and at least half of the material had at least some feature that made it worthwhile.

- The Players' Association was best known for the adult contemporary oriented jazz-funk outings, so 'What People Say About Love' came as a major surprise. A blazing slice of old school soul, the track was highly commercial and with a little bit of promotion could have done well on the charts. rating: **** 4 stars
- 'I Like It' was a decent slice of funk. Nice synthesizers and a really good lead guitar certainly didn't hurt the song, though it was pretty lame in the lyric department ... basically the title repeated endlessly. Enough drinks and you probably didn't care. rating: *** 3 stars
- Propelled by some pretty acoustic guitar, 'Steal Away' was a nice commercial ballad, but somehow it just wasn't very memorable. rating: ** 2 stars
- While I'd love to be able to say something nice about it, 'Goin' To the Disco' was formula disco at its worst. Mindless rhythm with an even worse lyric, again the title track repeated to the point you wanted to scream. Unlike the earlier 'I Like It', this one was so lame and dull that it's unlikely any amount of alcohol, or other illicit substances would have been enough to get crowds on their feet. Hideous. rating: * 1 stars
Side two opened up with another slice of old school Great 1960s tune with Hills turning in one of his rawest vocals. My pick for standout tune on the album. rating: **** 4 stars
- 'Just Another Woman' was an attractive mid-tempo piece that would have been even stronger had it been arranged in a different key. Hills seemed distinctively uncomfortable stretching for the higher ranges. The other weird thing was that about halfway through the song the tempo slowed down as if two separate tracks ad simply been edited together. rating: *** 3 stars
- 'It Takes a Little Time' was another pretty, but forgettable ballad. Nice hook, but Hills falsetto was an acquired taste and the Casio keyboard squawks were cheesy. Co-writer Danny Weiss produced a couple of The Players' Association albums. rating: ** 2 stars
- Easily the toughest song on the album, 'You Can Make the Change' also served as a good representation of The Players' Association catalog blending funk and jazzy touches. It certainly wouldn't appeal to everyone out there, but had its' moments. rating: ** 2 stars.

Not the best, nor the worst Guinness label release, though you might want to check out the first couple of Players' Association LPs.

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Wonder B

Mad Cliff - Mad Cliff

Message par Wonder B » 01 sept. 2012 13:52

Le Guiness, même pas en rêve pour se le procurer par contre je suis fan de Players Association qui a fait des trucs excellents... Ne me demande pas pourquoi mais je les associe toujours dans mon cerveau enfiévré à Olympic Runners le groupe anglais...
Sworn to fun
Loyal to none

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Mad Cliff - Mad Cliff

Message par funkiness » 01 sept. 2012 16:17

C'est "You Can Make The Change" qui est sur la compile Kings Of Funk, et c'est la bombe de l'album !

Get down !!!! :yeahhh:

funkiness brings you funk and happiness

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Mad Cliff - Mad Cliff

Message par bluesy » 26 nov. 2013 12:52

Encore une fois, un sujet manqué... :)
Peu importe vu que le LP est ingaulable et que ça met juste les nerfs un peu beaucoup surtout quand on découvre des titres comme le brut sonore Funk qu'est "You Can Make The Change".
Funkiness a écrit :Get down !!!! :yeahhh:

:love1: :weeeehhh: :afro:

Funkiness a écrit :C'est "You Can Make The Change" qui est sur la compile Kings Of Funk, et c'est la bombe de l'album !
"Music Makes You Move" : Funkhouse Express (1974) so... "HIT THAT ONE!" : JB
"They Call Us Wild But We Got Soul" : Wild Magnolias (1975)

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