Underated 80s Electro Classic,
This review is from: X-Periment / The Pleasure Seekers (Audio CD)
After 1983's debut lp, Sweat was released and after producing a hit song for Robert Palmer and lesser known R&B funk acts like Howard Johnson and Attitude, the System released their second effort entitled X-Periment. Like their previous output, it was an X-periment that I believe went well, despite on the album not producing any hit singles. Electrifying R&B jams like "I Wanna Make You Feel Good" and "Dangerous," plus New Wave grooves like "Get Jumpin'" were some of the best dance cuts that was out at the time, but the world was still not ready for them. "Lollipops & Everything" and "I Can't Take Losing You" increased the bands' reputation in producing great ballads although Attitudes' "If You Can Read My Mind" (released on 1983's Pump the Nation lp) was well done and the first of its kind. The failure of the album's success did'nt stop the team from appearing on the hit breakdancing film, Beat Street in the summer of 1984 by performing "Baptize The Beat" of which was a class act of its own although it was only on the soundtrack and not on X-periment. The appearance had increased opportunities for the band to produce for A list R&B and pop acts like Chaka Khan ("This Is My Night"), Phil Collins ("Sussidio"), and Evelyn "Champagne" King ("I'm So Romantic" and "So In Love") just to name a few. They even contributed to most of the instruments to Chaka Khan's 1984 top 5 hit, "I Feel For You," although they were'nt the main producers of the track.
As for 1985's Pleasure Seekers release, the band's sound was shifting into a more crossover/club-pop beat by getting a little less electric (steering away from the rising genre of freestyle of which made Shannon and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam stars), but Mic Murphy's soulful noise maintains the R&B audiences. The title track and "This Is For You" produced them not only top 20 spots (or better) on the R&B charts, but exciting music videos that saw limited, yet fair exposure on MTV (before the release of Pleasure Seekers, the band only had two videos of which never made MTV and is up to this day very rare). "My Radio Rocks" literally rocked radio stations and clubs all over the nation and aboard (not just NYC and Europe) and my favorite from the album, "I Don't Run From Danger" is electrifying and satisfying.
My only gripe about this collection is that the price is too high and its not available on itunes unlike their first and fourth albums. I give 10 stars for the albums, but 1 star for the price (boooooo!!!).