Thursday, July 27, 2017

Double Exposure – Everyman (Album Version)

Classics: Double Exposure – Everyman (Has To Carry His Own Weight) (Album Version) (Salsoul Records)

“Everyman (has to carry his own weight)…” Like it or not, that’s just what it says. In other words, a lesson of realism, if not a reminder as to how “As you bake, so you shall eat!”. And what a brilliant recipe, Double Exposure came up with back in 1976. Therefore delivering a Philly Sound staple, along with producer Norman Harris and MFSB musicians such as Earl Young and Vincent Montana, Jr. Not to mention TJ Tindall and Bobby Eli to name a few.

‘Everyman’ is most definitely one of the highlights from their ‘Ten Percent’ album with its title track and ‘My Love Is Free’… I hardly understand though the lack of reactivity of Salsoul Records. The label only gavin’ it a 2″.50 7 inch single release, as opposed to put the album version to the forefront with mixing work courtesy of Walter Gibbons. A quintessential gem, cats such as Joe Claussell and Danny Krvit eventually came up with brilliant edits of years after.

On a more personal tip, I would like to dedicate this song to a brother of mine who’s sadly gone. A drummer/percussionist who got me to understand the language of the rhythms when I was a teen. Therefore bringing me into DJing in the mid 70’s. And eventually sharing how I feel about music with you, the way I’ve been doin’ for years on various mags as nowadays here on these shores.

So long, Christian

Overview
Double Exposure saw the light in Philadelphia, PA. A fortet comprising Leonard ‘Butch’ Davis, Joe Harris, Chuck Whittington and Jimmy Williams, they first appeared as United Image. They dropped their debut-single – ‘Love’s Creeping Up on Me’ – on Stax in 1971. And eventually released its follow up – ‘The African Bump’ – the year after on Branding Iron Records. Turning their guise into Double Exposure when signing a record deal with Salsoul Records in 1975.

They would release 3 albums between 1976 and 1979. With their debut-album – ‘Ten Percent’ spanning the classic ‘My Love Is Free’ and ‘Everyman’. Not to mention its title track which Masters At Work brilliantly reconstructed in 1992. Their last album – ‘Locker Room’ – featuring the unmissable ‘I Got The Hots (For Ya)’ which Frankie Crocker heavily championed back then on WBLS.

The group eventually prepared their return, recording new material along with some MFSB members back in 2008 (* Wikipedia). But nothing saw the light at the end. Salsoul Records releasing a 12″ this year though with the memorable Def Mixes of ‘My Love Is Free’.

Jimmy Williams sadly died of an aggressive form of cancer on Oct. 31, 2016.

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