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Album Review

The Capitols were a middling soul group who got very lucky with their classic party track "Cool Jerk." A listen to their 1966 album We Got a Thing That's in the Groove shows a group with more enthusiasm than talent, almost embarrassingly ragged vocals, and no originality whatsoever. The record is almost all covers. The only track they wrote themselves is the title track, a peppy attempt to redo "Cool Jerk" that was a flop. The covers range from the silly ("Wild Thing") to facile ("Knock on Wood," "Hold On, I'm Comin'") to misguided ("When a Man Loves a Woman") to pointless ("Working in a Coal Mine"), leading one to believe that the Capitols weren't much of a group at all. There were so many great soul bands doing their thing in the mid-'60s that you don't need to spend any time at all checking out the Capitols.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Creators of the classic dance record "Cool Jerk," Detroit R&B trio the Capitols formed in 1962, comprising lead vocalist/drummer Sam George, guitarist Donald Norman Storball, and keyboardist Richard Mitchell McDougall. Originally dubbed the Three Caps, the group was performing at a local teen dance headlined by singer Barbara Lewis when they met Ollie McLaughlin, Lewis' producer and owner of the Karen record label; McLaughlin soon helmed the Capitols' 1963 debut single "Dog and Cat," but when the...
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  • 10,89 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, R&B/Soul, Soul
  • Released: 1966

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