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Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body Into It (Beat Electric/free download)

In posse on 2009/01/16 at 4:24 am


Beat Electric, one of my favorite blogs in the universe, hit me right upside the head with this Stephanie Mills joint just before the holidays that I hadn’t heard since the days of aunt Darlene’s record collection. If you don’t know, now you know….

Here it is: One of the best disco tunes ever written, period. You can find this ubiquitous release sandwiched in your dad’s record collection between a Barry Manilow and a Barbara Striesand LP. It wasn’t evenreleased as an A Side for chrisakes! Had the world circa late 70’s gone mad or was there so much quality music coming out that they could afford to toss this one on the flip side? Correction, it was an A Side in its UK pressing only. Ok Black Shag, you win this round mate.

Recorded and Released as the B side to the single “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin“, “Put Your Body In It” is a heavy Disco cut with aproto-boogie feel thanks to the cracking synth bass that drives the track all the way through. Drawing the contrast to later Boogie tracks was the big disco strings that soar throughout and create a perfect juxtaposition with the aforementioned synthbassline. I am so feeling 1979 right now!

“Put Your Body In It” was written and produced by the solid team of Reggie Lucas and James Mtume. The duo was responsible for many choice cuts released between the years 1977 – 1982.

Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It


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