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Chocolate Milk - 1975 - Action Speaks Louder Than Words
A killer album of 70s New Orleans funk!
A New Orleans funk and soul ensemble who enjoyed moderate success in the mid-'70s, Chocolate Milk
recorded for RCA from 1975 to 1983. Chocolate Milk was lucky enough to
have worked with Allen Toussaint who produced their albums for Sansu
songs were up-tempo and/or light dance/novelty numbers such as "Action
Speaks Louder Than Words" in 1975, "Girl Callin" in 1978, and "Blue
Jeans" in 1981. All were Top 20 R&B hits.
A1. Action Speaks Louder Than Words (3:24) A2. Time Machine (4:32) A3. My Mind Is Hazy (4:42) A4. Confusion (4:12) A5. Pretty Pimpin' Willie (4:00)
B1. Tin Man* (3:21) B2. Chocolate Pleasure (3:36) B3. People (2:54) B4. Ain't Nothin' But a Thing (2:59) B5. Out Among the Stars (5:35)
Milk were an amazing funk group in their best moments -- and this album
is certainly one of those moments -- a blistering batch of tracks that
set a whole new style for the Crescent City scene, and which showed
that producers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn could easily hit the
hipper notes of the 70s! There's a tight rhythmic sound at the core of
most numbers, but expanded instrumentation over the top -- bits of
spacey electrics or jazzier electronics that never would have shown up
in Sansu records of years back, but which show that with the right
group, New Orleans funk could easily take on the hippest styles going
down on both coasts! The title cut, "Action Speaks Louder Than Words",
is a slow funk classic -- and the record also includes the incredible
electronic-tinged "Time Machine", a perpetual favorite these days.
Other nice tracks include "Pretty Pimpin' Willie" and "Ain't Nothin'
But a Thing". Arguably the band's best album ever!