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Tightening It Up: The Best Of Archie Bell and the Drells

Archie Bell & The DrellsAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • ASIN: B0000033BU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Tighten Up
2. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell And The Drells
3. Do The Choo Choo
4. Love Will Rain On You
5. (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
6. I Love My Baby
7. Girl You're Too Young
8. My Balloon's Going Up
9. A World Without Music
10. Don't Let The Music Slip Away
11. Wrap It Up
12. Dancing To Your Music
13. Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love
14. I Could Dance All Night
15. The Soul City Walk
16. Let's Groove
17. Everybody Have A Good Time
18. Glad You Could Make It
19. I've Been Missing You
20. Strategy

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rhino Misses the Boat April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
How could Rhino do it? The most electrifying bass intro of the 60s is left off the beginning of Tighten Up, one of THE funkiest songs of all time. No opening bass line! Not only that, but the linear notes disses Archie and the Drells' early albums, loading up on their mid-seventies disco crud. True, the album has the three big ones - Tighten Up, I Can't Stop Dancin' and Gonna Be a Showdown. But Tighten Up is the only song from their first album included on this CD. No I Don't Wanna be a Playboy, A Soldier's Prayer, Give Me Time, or any of the others. Whoever put this compilation together for Rhino is NOT an Archie Bell and the Drells fan. The minute I put the CD on and heard Tighten Up start with the drum roll and not the bass line, I knew I would be disappointed. Let's hope someday Rhino comes to its senses and releases whole albums of Archie Bell and the Drells, not this pathetic compilation.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HERE WE GO AGAIN!!! OOOH TIGHTEN UP... April 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What? No TIGHTEN UP-Part 2? Although it wasn't the most original track layed down by the Drells, this light hearted b-side is very endearing and justifies inclusion for it's comic relief alone. (If you're not familiar with this song, it's Archie ad libbing dance instructions etc. over the basic track . The Drells chime in with a vocal refrain of "oooh tighten up...")
Thankfully, we have the single mix of Tighten Up here. This has a very full sound with a nice reverb. Most compilations in the past have used the LP mix which is a very dry mix and the guitar (the hook of the song) is lost. The Lp mix does have merit, though. That's where you'll find the bass intro .
All in all there is a focus on later material with this CD. Why weren't we given tracks from the first 2 LPs? I would have rather had a 2cd set --or even 2 separate releases (vol.1/2 ).
There is a big difference between 1968 R&B and 1978 R&B , so if you're a fan of the latter this is a great CD. Unfortunately, most people are buying this to get the 60's tracks. Rhino should have realized this and delivered the goods.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Example of "The Best Of.." November 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is ok for an Archie Bell & the Drells primer, but this incredible group deserves better. Fortunately, it appears now as if all but 2 of the AB & D LPs have been reissued on CD (the missing 2 being; Dance Your Troubles Away--TSOP/1975, and I Never Had It So Good--Becket/1981). Unfortunately, about half of them are imports. While I'm tired of paying big $$ for imports of exported soul music(!), at least you often get the albums in their entirety, rather than hit and miss compilations like this one.

Archie Bell & The Drells are mostly known for their happy uptempo dance music, but few have appreciated Archie's ability as a powerful and passionate lead vocalist. In fact, smack in the middle of the disco years (a period when many fans wrote them off), on the LP Dance Your Troubles Away, Archie Bell is down on his knees on the delicious 9 min. slow jam "I Won't Leave You Honey, Never". But you won't find that gem here. Hey-Hey, y'all...Collectables? Rhino? Please, more LP reissues, less compilations.

Incidentally, I agree with the other reviewers about the criminal edit of the bass intro on "Tighten Up" here. But you can recapture those valuable few seconds AND hear "Tighten Up, Pt.2" on the vinyl reissue of the LP, or on the CD Tighten Up/I Just Can't Stop Dancing import(!) BTW, the music on "Tighten Up" is provided by the fabulously funky TSU Toronados.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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archie bell created several great dance tunes in the sixties, all are on this good times cd. fun, upbeat classic r&b.
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4.0 out of 5 stars YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS IS PRETTY DECENT!!!! January 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i love archie bell and the drells' early least what i heard on the radio (THERE'S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN, I JUST CAN'T STOP DANCIN', and of course, TIGHTEN UP). however, when i checked this out, i had no idea that.......though a lot of it sounds the same.........they did some pretty decent stuff. the word "fluke" should NOT be branded on their legacy. please check out STRATEGY. this may be worth the money or download if you are into that rare soul (in this case, other than the

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice enough Archie Bell compilation July 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This Rhino release is not bad for the price, but we do agree with other reviewers that the bass lead-in on TIGHTEN UP should not have been cut out Also lost with it is the soft little "hum-hm" in the second measure ... Nevertheless, the sound is nice and clear. It's hard to recapture every original Philly Soul track you once had on vinyl, unless you can find a full reissue of those original LPs. But you will enjoy this compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SOUND QUALITY...GOOD BASS AND TREBLE BLEND February 10, 2014
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Above the rim in sound quality. I have had previous CD's that did not have the sound quality. This is kicking
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4.0 out of 5 stars awesome, awesome September 11, 2012
By oraw
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an awesome collection. I heard Tighten Up on the radio and went about searching it out, this is a cool collection. The quality of the musicianship is great throughout but definitely not on the level of the musicianship that is exhibited on Tighten Up. Archie Bell does a great job selling his love of music and especially dancing. There is a sheer brilliance to "There's Gonna Be A Showdown". He does great with it and the New York Dolls did a hell of a job with the song also. The other real standout track was "My Balloons Going Up". It is an awesome collection of songs, well worth checking out.
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