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Kwick – I Want To Dance With You (EMI America)

Lost but not least: Kwick – I Want To Dance With You (EMI America)

And here I am, standing on 5 decades of souvenirs now. Either as a DJ, a broadcaster, a reviewer or a compiler. With Kwick‘s ‘I Want To Dance With You’ bringin’ me back to my early days of spinning. Needless to say as to how things were way different at the time. From the overall environment with a certain carefreeness still around. Even though the so called Thirty Glorious in France had already come to an end. Meanwhile the hedonism, pretty much associated to the Disco period, was also still around. Even though the Disco Demolition Night had happened Stateside a few months before. Then let’s not forget neither as to how the DJing context was also so different at the time…

The resident of a big spot in the suburbs of Paris, I was pretty much involved in what was musically goin’ on in there. Hopefully surrounded by a club owner who, himself as well, happened to be an avid record collector. This resulting in so to say battles that would see both of us trying to come with the best grooves around. And being how I ended up discovering Kwick‘s eponymous album that stood among his favorites at the time.

As a matter of fact, it wasn’t long before I went to favorite ‘I Want To Dance With You’. A true ode to the Saturday night clubbing. Then the bumpin’ ‘We Ought To Be Dancing’ from the same package. With both of them spreading an infectious funkiness one could just hardly resist to. Enough reasons which got me checking their two following albums, respectively in 1981 and 1983…

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Overview
Hailing from Memphis, TN, Terry Bartlett, William Sumlin and Bertram Brown naturally found a home there by the likes of Stax Records. Initially known as The Newcomers, they released a bunch of singles. Beginning with ‘Open Up Your Heart (Let Me In)’ back in 1969. But also ‘Pin The Tail On The Donkey’ which got them in the charts two years later. And they also happened to do a one off back in 1978 on Mercury. This with the Allen Jones produced ‘That’s When You Know Your Woman Wants To Be Free’. The latter closing their account under this name. Meanwhile that same period saw them doin’ a lot of background work for labelmates such as the Bar-Kays and Emotions.

The threesome resurfaced two years later. Turning their name to Kwick and comin’ up with a fourth member by the likes of Ricari Williams. Now signed to EMI America, they delivered their eponymous debut-album that same year. With the latter featuring gems such as ‘I Want To Dance With You’ and ‘We Ought To Be Dancing’.
Its follow-up – ‘Top The Point’ – saw the light the year after. Itself featuring the Jacksons-influenced ‘Shake Till Your Body Break’ in addition to the funky ‘Split Decision’. Meanwhile their final album – ‘Foreplay’ – landed on Capitpl Records in 1983. Itself featuring the singles ‘Too Lonely To Be Alone’ and ‘Stuck Up’.

Desabused with their lack of recognition, Kwick disbanded soon after. With British label Expansion Records resuming their career in a best of album – ‘Kwick / To The Point’ – back in 2012.

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