Classics: Young Disciples – Get Yourself Together (Talkin’ Loud)
If ever you don’t consider ‘Get Yourself Together’ as a standout groove, then I suppose I’d rather have to quickly recycle myself!!! To me, it’s the kind of piece that will always get me to heaven, regardless its release date (back in 1991).
Just like some would say about a wine that it has a great aging, ‘Get Yourself Together’ seems like defying the test of time. The outstanding vocal performance of Carleen Anderson is one of its definitive attracting features. But what about its brilliant production along with Michael Talbot on keyboards and Herbie Kirk on Flute? Not to mention its construction, subtly incoporating snippets or samples. From Eddy Russ‘s ‘The Lope Song’ to Prince‘s ‘Sign O’ The Times’. Not to mention Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Do Yourself A Favor’, as recently explained to me by Femi himself.
Their biggest classic ever along with ‘Apparently Nothin”…
Young Disciples saw the light in London back in 1990, from the reunion between Femi Fem, Marco Nelson and Dill Harris. Lookin’ for a vocalist, they recruited US singer Carleen Anderson after they saw her touring with Bobby Byrd & the JB All Stars. Together, they released only one album – ‘Road To Freedom’ on Talkin’ Loud. Eventually makin’ noise with ‘Get Yourself Together’ then ‘Apparently Nothin”. They disbanded soon after, with Carleen Anderson going solo on Circa Records.
Their name survived for some time though. And this via the remixing activities of Fem and Nelson, either separately or as a twosome.