Most Wanted! Leprechaun – Loc-It-Up (Citation Record Company – NYC)
What a joint, with that characteristic kind of orchestration which made Disco like no other genre back then. As a matter of fact, sophistication being the word for this rare jam. From its exquiste arrangements over a jazzy funk groove, to his soulful vocal interpretation. The presence of Gene Redd, Jr., renowned for his collaborations with Kool & The Gang back in the 70’s probably being for much on this!
Released as the AA-side of ‘Party Freaks’, a defitive jewel which Excaliber Records eventually licensed in the U.K….
Deeper research don’t seem to bring much as far as Leprechaun is concerned. They were a fortet comprising Archie Heath, Curtis Combo (who wrote ‘Loc-It-Up’), Douglas Greene and Melvin D Wells. With the latter, an electro saxophonist and producer, heavily connected with Cameo and Ca$hflow.
‘Loc-It-Up’ happened to be the follow-up of ‘There’s No End To My Love’ although the latter saw the light a year later back in 1982 on Storm Records. It was also meant to be the title track of an album that never got released. At least not as Leprechaun… An album of the likes credited to BMP seeing the light in 1985 though, with production work by the same Gene Redd, Jr.
Gene Redd, the brother of Sharon Redd, acted as the manager/producer for Kool & The Gang during the 70’s. He also produced 3 singles for Tranzit on Storm Records.