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Keep Smilin'


  • 1. Shake Your Booty
    2. Picture Us
    3. Keep Smilin'
    4. That's How Long I'll Be Loving You
    5. I Lied
    6. Things Are Gonna Get Better
    7. Sweeter Than The Berry
    8. Your Love Is Good
    9. Somebody Free
    10. Love Train
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60918

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Bunny Sigler's Keep Smilin' LP was rush-released to capitalize on the fast-breaking (fast-selling) title track single. Several tracks on Keep Smilin' were first included on That's How Long I'll Be Loving You released earlier that year. The Philly soul singer/songwriter/producer was trying to quickly follow up his Top 30 R&B churchy ballad cover version of The O'Jays gold hit, "Love Train." The difference between the two albums is the outstanding two tracks that feature Instant Funk:"Keep Smilin',,""Sweeter Than the Berry." Co-written by Sigler and Allan Felder,the pumpin' "Keep Smilin'," is one of Sigler's best.)Sigler later produced a cover of the tune on guitarist Gabor Szabo for his Szabo's excellent 1976 Mercury LP, Nightflight with that version becoming a steppers classic. The bluesy "Sweeter Than the Berry," has punching horns and a nassty break that features Sigler,bassist Raymond Earl and the late-night wailing sax of Sam Peake. Another single, the thumpin', brassy, fun-filled "Shake Your Booty," was starting to gain interest before it was quelled by protest over its title. Oddly, no such protest was waged against the similarly titled "Shake Your Booty."
    Several of the album's tracks can be found on 1996 Sony Legacy CD The Best of Bunny Sigler: Sweeter Than the Berry and on the 1998 Sony CD,Bunny Sigler and the 1997 Sony CD set Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff & the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976). ~ Ed Hogan

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