A little-known funk group comprised of two blind artists and their backing band, Montgomery Express went under the radar the first time their record, 'The Montgomery Movement', came out, way back in 1972. It's now being reissued by the Numero Group, showing off the band's knack for slowly infectious grooves, hot sax and loosely improvised keyboard solos. 'The Montgomery Movement' is calm, collected and packs the funk.
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- The Montgomery Movement by Montgomery Express
7/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 10 October 2014
Interesting reissue here from the ever-reliable crate diggers at Numero Group. This one's a 1972 album by Florida's The Montgomery Movement, who played a smooth and thoughtful mixture of enlightened soul and soft-grooving funk. Particularly interesting is the fact that they centred around two young blind singers, Paul Montgomery and Charles Atkins, although the players surrounding them are impressively tight too - at their best when they get a chance to show off their lively funk chops on the instrumental side-openers 'Montgomery Movement' and 'Party Fever' (a foot tapping r'n'b-funk number that's my personal favourite cut here) and the lone upbeat vocal track 'I'm Standing By'.
With the exception of those two tracks, this album is more downbeat than I expected, but the soulful balladeering is always accompanied by a slyly irresistible groove even in their more wistful moments, closer 'Left Me With A Memory' is silkily caressing my weary earlobes like a bassier-vocalled take on Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye, full of liquid guitar and barely-brushed drums, and 'Who' is a slinky lost soul classic that's entirely worth rediscovering. As an album it's patchy and there are a couple of tracks I could live without but it's at least half good and there are enough high points to justify parting with your hard-earned if '70s soul and funk is your thing.
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