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

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

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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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000033BU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ward on 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 By A Customer on April 19, 2003
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 By Soulful Annie on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bozym@aol.com on July 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Peach on October 3, 2009
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I got this order much faster than expected, in excellent condition just as the seller stated. Enjoying it very well and the price was exceptional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Henderson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodney odlum on May 10, 2015
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Very nice cd it could have had some other songs I like by them but overall nice music combination
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By oraw on September 11, 2012
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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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