ARTIST: The Brass Construction
TITLE: The Best of the Brass Construction : Movin’ and Changin’
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: The top hits were: Movin’ (#14 US, #1 US R&B, #1 US Dance, #23 UK), Changin’ (#24 US R&B, #1 US Dance), Ha-Cha-Cha (Funktion) (#51 US, #8 US R&B, #14 US Dance, #37 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably as background music.
LINEUP: Randy Muller, Joseph Arthur-Wong, Wade Williamston, Morris Billups, Sandy Price, Alvin Haskin, Wayne Parris, Mickey Grudge, Duane Cahill.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A collection from an ultra-generic funk-disco horn band that you may have heard in passing – like me.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You may have heard their two biggest songs “Movin’” and “Changin’” in passing, or in a documentary on disco, or somewhere else. Light on lyrics, heavy on horn charts, and both have a very similar funk-disco vibe. If you don’t remember them, take a listen, then you go, “Oh, yeah, I guess…”
They released several albums in the 70’s and on to the 80’s, each one with diminishing sales and seemingly diminishing inspiration. This collection nabs the singles and best tracks, but except for some more modern production (and drum sounds, ick, 80’s drum sounds and disco don’t meld well) they’re basically interchangeable.
Unless you have an irrational hankering for this band (or are a relative), I’d pass. There are much more inspired disco bands you can find collections and albums for. There’s nothing wrong here – just not much right.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally, they were called the Soul Dynamics.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there are other collections around.
GRADE: C: This is just faceless funk disco, just as generic as faceless arena rock. I’m exiling all but the three singles above.