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The Equatics - Doin' It!!!



The Equatics Doin It
The Equatics - Doin' It!!!
(CD) Hidden Gems/Traffic Entertainment Group RI3580, 2009-09-22

In 1972, The Equatics were a group of local hopefuls from the Hampton, Virginia area who, in the wake of winning the Pepsi Award for "Best New Band", decided to cut Doin' It!!!!, their one and only record. Under the leadership and direction of Frank H. Johnson, they created their own styleby writing and arranging music with an "out of this world charge" while being inspired with a restless need to try further to express themselves artistically. Equal parts, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, The Equatics lay down over 30 minutes of music that moves from sweet soul, to hard funk, to pyschedelic rock, back to sweet soul. For fans of Bill Withers, Bar-Kays and East Of Underground.

The Equatics Doin It
The Equatics - Doin' It!!!
(CD) Hidden Gems/Traffic Entertainment Group RI3580, 2009-09-22

Tracklisting :
01. What They Doin?
02. Walk On By
03. Merry Go Round
04. Santana Part.1
05. The Touch Of You
06. Santana Part.2
07. Ain't No Sunshine
08. Cicso Fare

Info :
In 1972, The Equatics were a group of local hopefuls from the Hampton, Virginia area who, in the wake of winning the Pepsi Award for "Best New Band", decided to cut Doin It!!!!, their one and only record. Under the leadership and direction of Frank H. Johnson, they created their own styleby writing and arranging music with an "out of this world charge" while being inspired with a restless need to try further to express themselves artistically.

This extremly rare record is one of the toughest pysedelic soul records to find that came out of the early seventies, as only 100 custompressed records were ever made. The Equatics are especially proud of "What They Doin" which is all about them having a good time doing their own thing at a jam session: and "Where Is Love?" that tells it like it is in life and love. Equal parts, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, The Equatics lay down over 30 minutes of music that moves from sweet soul, to hard funk, to pyschedelic rock, back to sweet soul. For fans of Bill Withers, Bar-Kays and East Of Underground.

Original LP Liner notes :
As the result of their winning efforts in a local talent show, The Equatics soul band went on to become a recognizable and favorite musical group in the Hampton, Virginia area. Under the leadership and direction of Frank H.Johnson, they began creating their own style by writing and arranging music with an "out of this world charge."

Inspired with a restless need to try further to express themselves artistically, The Equatics entered the 1972 pepsi new sounds contest and won!

In this album , The Equatics wish to share with you several of their originals. They are especially proud of "what they doin," which is all about them having a good timedoing their own thing at a jam session; and, "where is love?, " That tells it like it is in life and love.

The Equatics soul band would like to take this opportunity tom thank the pepsi cola company for the privilege oh having recorded this album.

Tracks are: What they doin?, Walk on by, Merry-go-round, Santana pt. I, The touch of you, Santana pt. II, Ain't no sunshine, Cisco fare, Where is love?

"Walk on by" is a funky instrumental version of the original song by Isaac Hayes, "Merry-go-round" is a vocal, "The touch of you" is a beautiful instrumental rendition of Brenda and the Tabulations song. "Where is love" is a beautiful sweet soul track with a spoken message with music before singing . "Cisco fare" is a funky track with a smokin' guitar riff. Overall this is a great album

Musicians:
Carlton Savage - lead guitar
Benjamin Crawford - bass guitar
Wayne Jones - organist
Calvin Billups - alto saxophone
Renon Sumpter - Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Salde - trumpet
Alvin Paige - drums
Leo Davis- volcalist
Frank Johnson - vocalist, manager and producer.
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