Sunday, October 22, 2017

(The) LTG Exchange – Waterbed

Most Wanted! The LTG Exchange – Waterbed (Disco International)

The LTG Exchange left their imprint on the early Disco scene with the release of their self-titled debut-album back in 1974. A package which featured a cover version of Carol King‘s ‘Corazon’ and the Jerry Ross (*) produced ‘Waterbed’.

The latter pretty much summarizes the influences of the Latin culture on the maturation of Dance Music. Built on a blend of Soul, Funk and Jazz vibes with in yer face lyrics inherited from the Hippy period, it stands as their best cut ever…
Hard to not make the connection with War or Cymande as a matter of fact. Not to mention Santana, although on a different tip. As many ventures who also built their reputation from their ability to mix up things.

Overview
– Hailing from NYC, Melvyn Barton, Bruce Slade, Victor Santos, Walter Chiles and Kevin Beverly gave birth to (The) LTG Exchange in the first half of the seventies. Teaming up with producer Jerry Ross (*), they dropped two albums in 1974 and 1975, on Wand then RCA. Their last offering – a single titled ‘Huddle’ – saw the light on Big Tree Records the year after.

Drummer Victor Santos briefly resurfaced in the early 90’s. He collaborated with Orquesta Crystal De Houston Texas on their ‘Orquesta Crystal’ album. Then he joined Brazilian singer Zélia Duncan on her eponymous album in 1992. Meanwhile, his former collegues seem to have all disappeared from the radar since.

– Based in Philadelphia, PA, Jerry Ross (*) happened to be a prolific songwriter/producer. He launched Heritage Records in 1960. Future Philadelphia Sound International Records co-head Kenny Gamble was the first artist he signed. Les McCann, Manfred Mann, Jerry Butler and Mark Radice standing among his other clients…

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