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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Latin Dance/Disco outfit's 1978 album. Foxy joined T.K. Records stable as their house band after hit makers K.C. & The Sunshine Band left the label. In 1978 Foxy decided to change their sound and direction by incorporating a harder, funkier, rockier edge while still retaining the strong Cuban and Latin influence they had always had. The result was this album on Dash Records, a very strong collection of dance floor tracks fusing the Latin and Funk-Rock influences with a hard hitting fast paced Disco edge. The title track and only single released from the album gave Foxy their biggest hit as it scorched dance floors across the U.S. 'Get Off' reached the coveted #1 spot on the R&B charts, #9 Pop, and #18 Dance. BBR.
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Big Break Records does a wonderful job re-mastering this long out of print album, which was a much sought after item for crate diggers and Disco aficionados for years. There are also 3 Bonus tracks here to enjoy with the title track being available in its single and 12” Disco versions and “Tena’s Song” is also available here in its instrumental version as an additional bonus track.
Thanks to Big Break Records for giving this classic the deluxe re-mastering treatment that it richly deserves. I found the sound to be a bit muffed on this particular release and not as crisp as I remember on the original vinyl release but maybe it’s just me since all the releases by BBR always have a great sound. The liner notes on “Get Off” include a must read interview with Foxy front man Ish Ledesma. The album’s outrageous original album cover art front and back is preserved as well. A must have for any collector of 70’s Disco.
The title song on this album, as well as its remixes, have all undergone the bad treatment of those sound destroyers. The end result is a muffled sound, with considerable loss of treble and precision. It sounds as if they had tried to filter out imperfections without discrimination, thus clipping the sound at every opportunity. All they left behind are dull-sounding tracks that lost their bounce and liveliness. I never thought I would say this, but the more I see this kind of treatment made to our music, the more I try to get my hands on first generation CDs, at least the ones that have so far resisted to the remastering frenzy. They usually sound a lot better!
For this album, however, I think this is a first reissue on CD, so it is already too late: the damage is done. If you still own the original vinyl LP in good condition, my advice is to take good care of it; it's probably the best sounding source of these recordings in the market today.
Cool songs like "Wanna Be The One" and "Get Back" mix rock, funk and dance music, not unlike the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Parliament/Funkadelic, "Buzz" is a languid, chill R&B song that could even make the R&B chart if those stations ever heard it...and Paul MacAusland even sounds like George Michael when he sings it!! Really cool. BUT they also cover Janis Joplin's bluesy rocker "Move Over" well, just as Cinderella did and 2 instrumentals are included..."The Bunker" and "Knuckles", which could give Steve Vai a run for his money.
This record is so diverse but defies convention and logic and Haywire make it work as a whole, not a disjointed mess, which speaks volumes on the talent, diversity and guts this Canadian band has and proves how CRIMINALLY underrated they really are...the fact it was on tiny label Caliber and it folded shows that this record was unjustifiably lost and how ahead of it's time Haywire is...people will discover this by chance 20 years later and will be inspired and think...why was this a lost classic??