Detroit outfit never got their big break & judging by this smoking
slab of prime funk, it's a complete mystery how success eluded them.
Oozing with the very same kind of grooves found in class acts like
Brick, Slave, Cameo & the Kay-Gees, this album explodes from the
opening salvo & never relents until the fade of the final cut.
Packed with snappy bass lines, rubbery vocals & punchy guitars,
"Shotgun" cruises along at a generally restless pace & leaves the
listener satisfied in the end. How these boys never made the big leap
is beyond me.
ABC 1997 LP AB979
A1 Shotgun 3.11 A2 Troubleshooter 3.43 A3 Good Thing 3.52 A4 Concrete Jungle 3.28 A5 Get Down With the Get Down 3.25
Saturday Night B1 Mutha Funk 4.56 B2 Shady Lady 4.27 B3 Hot Line 4.47
B4 Dynamite (The Bomb) 3.18
The first album by Shotgun -- one of the many major label funk groups
who flourished briefly at the end of the 70s. The group have a harder
sound than most of this nature -- with plenty of guitars in the mix,
and an overall heavier sound than you'd expect from an effort of this
type. In fact, there's almost a rock/funk
kind of groove going on -- one that would be more typical of early 70s
crossover efforts on Epic, in the wake of Sly Stone and other artists
like that. Tracks include "Concrete Jungle", "Get Down with the Get
Down", "Mutha Funk", "Hot Line", "Dynamite (The Bomb)", and "Good
Thing". (Dusty Groove America)
six-man funk outfit's debut album showcased two single releases.
"Hotline" is a moderately paced funk cut with lyrics that are somewhat
vague with regard to the song's message; the number peaked at #87 after
seven weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. "Mutha Funk" is a pumpin'
number which lives up to its title; however, the single only managed a
#67 ranking after staying on the charts one week longer than the
album's initial release. Most of the vocals are poorly arranged. As
funky as this group's music is, many cuts are heavily doused with rock
& roll. (AMG)