Tue. Oct. 22, 2019

Double Exposure – Ten Percent (Salsoul Records)

Classics: Double Exposure – Ten Percent (Salsoul Records)

Philadelphia, PA hailing Disco/Soul quartet Double Exposure writing one of the major episodes in the history of the recording industry. This while comin’ up with the first ever 12 inch commercial release back in May 1976. And, in the meantime, celebrating the establishment of the club culture. Then, by that, the DJing and, soon after, the remix. And the list goes on…

Undeniably timeless, ‘Ten Percent’ pretty much embodies the Disco side of the Philadelphia Sound as a matter of fact. This with groups such as The Trammps. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise knowing the identity of those who came to arrange it. In other words, Norman Harris, Ron Baker and Earl Young who did so much also for MFSB. Not to mention Walter Gibbons in charge of the remixing duties. The latter setting up an unforgettable signature. With ‘Ten Percent’ not only standing as one of his masterpieces. But also one of the highlights from Double Exposure‘s album of the likes. This with with ‘My Love Is Free’ and ‘Everyman’ at the end…

‘Ten Percent’ eventually resuraced 16 years later as a part of the ‘Synergy’ compilation on Double J Records. Comin’ up with an oustanding remix courtesy of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega under their KenLou guise.
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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.

There, they released 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. Thus 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″ that 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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