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Album Review

Released on the heels of their number one smash "Tighten Up," this album includes both parts of that classic along with an assortment of southern soul grooves like "Knock on Wood" and "In the Midnight Hour." There's also a fine rendition of Sunny Ozuna's "Give Me Time." Two Archie Bell compositions, "When You Left Heartache Began" and "A Soldier's Prayer," show the soulful Texan's writing and singing skills; the latter initially appeared on Ovide Records in 1967 and "Tighten Up" followed on Ovide the same year. Atlantic Records licensed and re-released "Tighten Up," which blew up while Bell was in the Army. Credit goes to the TSU Tornados, the band accompanying Bell on "Tighten Up."

Customer Reviews

Tighten Up

My brothers, if there was only one song on this album, and if that song was "Tighten Up", I'd give it SIX stars. The ultimate simple groove. There's just something so FUNKY about this dance smash, that it hit like a plutonium bomb on the AM radio back in '67-'68 when I was nine years old. That's right, nine year olds were diggin' it right along with the bad boys downtown rolling the streets in their Imperials, it's that catchy. The drum line, bass line, those horns, and Archies's youthful vocals were simply a killa combination. It's fast, snappy, funky, and most importantly a simple groove that will make you feel carefree once again.

Archie Bell and the Drells!

Tighten Up is the classic. Unbelievable that the world has never heard it. Maybe I will bring it to the masses Archie. It can't fail, it's is the heart of RnB from the time when it was all there was. Wow. Sounds as good today. Tighten Up. Whew!

Takes me back

What a great song. It brings back so many good memories of great music

Biography

Born: September 1, 1944 in Henderson, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Archie Bell & the Drells scored a left-field number one hit in 1968 with "Tighten Up," which epitomized the virtues of their music: funky, exuberant, danceable soul out for a rousing good time. Born in Henderson, TX, Bell grew up in Houston and began singing in church. In junior high, he joined a vocal group called Little Pop & the Fireballs, and formed the Drells in high school with friends James Wise, Huey "Billy" Butler, and Joe Cross (later replaced by Willie Pernell). The Drells won...
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