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Musique: Act One

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Album Review

Musique's corps of vocalists changed completely for the group's second round. Gone were Jocelyn Brown, Christine Wiltshire, Angela Howell, and Gina Tharps — Mary Seymour, Denise Edwards, and Gina Taylor replaced them. The key returning factor was Patrick Adams, who reprises his role as producer, arranger, and mixer. Along with a stable of studio hands dubbed the PA System Rhythm Section, a double 12" (one song per side) was cut that doesn't quite measure up to Keep on Jumpin'. Nothing caught fire like "In the Bush," and nothing equals the breathless brilliance of "Keep on Jumpin'," but nothing here is weak by any stretch. François Kevorkian, still on the Prelude payroll at the time, casts his indelible remixing skills to each track, custom-fitting each one for maximum dancefloor response. Adams' writing and arranging work is in fine form. "Glide," written with Stan Lucas (Dazzle, Inner Life), and "Number One" (written by Ken Mazur) sound particularly spectacular decades after the fact. "Love Massage" is definitely a sequel of sorts to "In the Bush," taking sexual innuendo even further with lines like, "Touch me where I need you/Make me wet." When Unidisc reissued the album on CD, they added six alternate mixes, including the radio edit of "Love Massage" and Adams' previously unreleased mixes of "Love Massage," "Good and Plenty Lover," and "Number One." Kevorkian's work definitely has more oomph to it, but old disco-heads will love to hear Adams' renderings, particularly the instrumental "Raw Groove" mix of "Love Massage."

Customer Reviews

Act 1

Garbage. Do I need to say more?

WARNING!!!!!!!!!!

If you're looking for the act that is best known for "In the Bush" and "Keep on Jumpin'," this is NOT that act. This group is obviously some knock-off group that has taken the name of the near-legendary 1970s disco studio group and hopes to make money from that confusion.

If you don't have a problem with a batch of lame non-descript cover songs, being performed by faceless singers, then you might enjoy this album. But if you're interested in some of the best *real* disco material from the height of the era, keep away--far, far away.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Out of all the projects produced, arranged, and/or overseen by Harlem disco wizard Patrick Adams (Inner Life, Cloud One, Black Ivory, Bumblebee Unlimited, etc.), none of them quite reached the mainstream popularity of Musique, thanks to their suggestive 1978 single "In the Bush." The song became a surprise hit and sparked a controversy for its lyrics, which contained a repeated refrain of "Push push in the bush." Adams never expected the song to get big enough that it would become a hot-button topic...
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