(2016) The Trammps

The Trammps

... read moreThe Trammps' first album was viewed as an early disco effort, and while there is a good amount of disco here, it's fair to say that it's pretty Philly soul-rooted disco. The group were not an entirely faceless front for dance tracks, but a pretty solid harmonizing soul outfit, even if the mid-'70s...

49′:51″ 14 Songs

1
Betcha By Golly Wow
The Trammps
3:24
2
Break Up To Make Up
The Trammps
3:54
3
Didn't Blow Your Mind This Time
The Trammps
3:32
4
Disco Inferno
The Trammps
3:35
5
Hold Back The Night
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3:14
6
If You Don't Know Me By Now
The Trammps
3:04
7
La La Means I Love You
The Trammps
3:34
8
Motown Philly
The Trammps
3:53
9
Sixty Minute Man
The Trammps
3:30
10
Soul Searchin' Time
The Trammps
3:27
11
That's Where The Happy People Go
The Trammps
3:17
12
You Are Everything
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3:23
13
You Make Me Feel Brand New
The Trammps
4:44
14
Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
The Trammps
3:20
Released 08 February 2016, ℗ Prodisc

Review

The Trammps' first album was viewed as an early disco effort, and while there is a good amount of disco here, it's fair to say that it's pretty Philly soul-rooted disco. The group were not an entirely faceless front for dance tracks, but a pretty solid harmonizing soul outfit, even if the mid-'70s Philly soul backing grooves are a little generic (if very accomplished). Three of these cuts had already been small R&B hits -- "Love Epidemic" (which seems to take no small inspiration from both the O'Jays' "Love Train" and James Brown's "Night Train"), "Where Do We Go From Here," and "Trusting Heart" -- though actually some other songs ("Stop and Think," "Save a Place," the B-side "I Know That Feeling") sound at least as worthy of single release. Away from the soul-funk-disco train, there was silky pillow talk balladry ("Every Dream I Dream Is You," "Down Three Dark Streets") and a lightly disco-fied cover of the Isley Brothers' "Shout," though it might have been the instrumental "Trammps Disco Theme" that pointed most firmly to their future successes. The 2002 CD reissue on Epic/Legacy adds three bonus tracks from the 1977 album Disco Champs that were actually recorded in 1973 and 1974, one of them an extended version of "Love Epidemic." ~ Richie Unterberger