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Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Montgomery Express “The Montgomery Movement"1974 US Soul Funk


The Montgomery Express “The Montgomery Movement"1974 US ultra rare killer Soul Funk ..recommended..!
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Long lost funk soul treasure with some unprecedented diversity, this killer is one of the hardest to find "holy grail” album ever! 
Never mind the money you will have to spend on this “holy grail”. This is worth every damn penny! These two blind guys (The Montgomery Express) can play and sing circles around nearly all other contenders, no matter the era! The funk and especially the soul is so present here, with some quality that is so seldom heard! …Super recommended album!…~


The performers on this 1974 homegrown classic are two blind vocalists in their 20s and several teenage “groovemasters” from Indiantown, Florida. Directed by Mr. Sandy Montgomery and known as The Montgomery Express, the group delivers rousing funk performances and sweet R&B numbers. They played together for less than two years but, as the final track says, “Left Me with a Memory”!…~


Super rare funk album released on smithsonian folkways in the early 1970s. “The music of the Montgomery Express is a buried homegrown funk classic that always pulls in triple bills when original copies pop up on the fanatical circuit of DJs, vinyl freaks and wayward souls looking for the perfect groove. This is all for a damned good reason. This 1973/74 album was cut by a group formed almost overnight in an obscure pocket of Florida called Indiantown. Led by two blind guys in their 20s (Paul Montgomery & Charles Atkins) with the aid of a couple of teenage groovemasters, The Montgomery Express spent just two short years together on the regional circuit. They played before regularly packed audiences on a stage lined with hip shaking go-go girls at Indiantown’s Cadillac Club before slipping into obscurity. There were no bitter disputes, no creative rivalries, other obligations came up and the party came to an end. As Paul Montgomery put it to us, ‘If we could find one another right now, it would be like a family reunion and we’d just start playing again.’ Thankfully for us, until that day comes, we’ve got this joint to get our daily fix. Party Fever is a record of smooth but lackadaisical funk, peppered with sweet soul, tight grooves, shuffle tunes and outright panty dropping music! Highlights include a stunning version of Eddie Floyd’s yearning 'Gotta Make a Comeback’ that won’t leave a dry eye on the checkerboard floor and the deeply soulful tune 'Precious Wing’.”…~


I think we all like listening to “lost” music or music that never gained any traction when it was originally released. When it finally becomes popular or finds appreciation, as in the case of the lost music of Rodriguez or Nick Drake, its a very humbling feeling. It makes you feel like anything is possible. 
The following artist is lost and probably will never be found. How did I stumble upon it? I can’t even remember. The band is a funk/soul outfit called The Montgomery Express from Florida and their 1974 album is The Montgomery Movement. There are zero reviews of this album on amazon. In my google search, I found a few blog posts by writers who probably stumbled upon the music by accident. Now, should you look through your uncle’s funk and soul vinyl collection and happen to find a copy of The Montgomery Movement, keep it safe! Used copies run around $450. 
It took seconds only of listening to the opening title track of their album The Montgomery Movement for me to pay attention. A quick and simple jam, “The Montgomery Movement” is built upon a slightly dissonant, cry-baby wha, guitar riff. It is a guitar players dream! Totally irresistable. Track two, “Who” is a ballad and the first song with vocals. It is just as effective. The expectations are set pretty high for the rest of the album and unfortunately, the remaining six tracks never quite reach the grandeur of the opening quarter of the The Montgomery Movement. Good not great, but still absolutely worth listening to. Still, If funk and soul is your thang, then do whatchu wanna do. Me? I think whatchu wanna do is put this album on soon. Do it. 
Not like it matters, but the two singers Paul Montgomery and Charles Atkins are both blind. I think blind people would probably find including such a fact superfluous. Unless someone commissions printing this blog into a braille text, I don’t think they will read this article anyway.  ….~


“My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music. I’ve been involved in supernatural things, spoken with spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know I’ve heard it.”—Paul Montgomery…~


One of the more unusual entries in the esteemed Folkways catalog is The Montgomery Movement, the sole recording by Florida-based duo The Montgomery Express. For a label that specialized in historical documents and field recordings, this is a contemporary album made by a young group with commercial ambitions. Paul Montgomery and Charles Atkins, the two young men on the cover, were both blind, self-taught musicians who showed great promise in spite of their disabilities. Ironically, this otherwise world-renowned archival label released the album to near-instant obscurity, and original copies easily trade for hundreds of dollars. 
While they show a great deal of raw potential, The Montgomery Movement is very much a debut album, with eight cuts that hint at their talent. The album opens with the title track, a rather hot R&B number with scorching saxophone and requisite wah-wah guitar that…well, sounds exactly like 1974. “Steal Away” and “Left Me With A Memory” are heavy ballads that aren’t bad, but they share the same chord progressions—both of which sound exactly like The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” Better are “Who” and “Standing By,” two uptempo tracks in a Bill Withers/Al Green/Johnnie Taylor style that’s quite enjoyable, and “Party Fever” is a lighthearted funk instrumental that once again shows them to be masterful. 
The Montgomery Movement is by no means groundbreaking. Instead, it’s a brief, moment-in-time document of two inspiring young men who, for a brief moment, shone brightly and shared their potential to the world…..~


A discreet label, a cover that does not really catch the eye, extremely limited credits on the back, in the end a combination that leaves this album to dungeons of history, where he would have remained without the wave of crate diggers of all kinds who tirelessly scratch the records of this kind to the four corners of the planet since the late 80’s. 
In short no information on the group except that they are from Indiantown Florida. I really like the mention in the sleeve notes that indicates that under the leadership of MOSESSOR Sandy Montgomery, the group is now known everywhere in the US … It does not fly with the back of the spoon amigo … ! : Lol: 
We still learn that the singers, Paul Montgomery and Charles Atkins, are both blind … the message of the conclusion is obviously worthy of example for all those who have or have not doubted their ability to overcome obstacles of life … In short, it’s BEAUTIFUL! 
But better than beautiful there is also the word GOOD. And I do not hesitate to apply it to this album that mixes Abyssal Funk with stratospheric soul. Just that! OK I am known to sometimes exceed the target in terms of praise (this is my side of the super-South despite the Teutonic roots!) But still this Grail has at least 2 Funk, a Soul Top level, and at least three other titles quite listenable what with 6 out of 8 titles, a ratio of the most suitable you will agree! 
The first title that gives its name to the album is a Funk with a boot that reminds me of School Boy Crush Average White Band (a good point because this title is one of my favorite of the Scottish band) 
Then we go on in a very different mood with Whowhich seems to be the one that most concerns our friends from across the Channel, so a delicate and nostalgic Soul … Musically it is chiseled in the precious metal and the singer takes the opportunity to embark on a few vocalizations before talking to us of her disappointments in love! 
Unfortunately these are the only two titles found on our dear Youtube … 
It’s strange because the title Party Fever would have interested a package here … Too bad you’ll have to believe me on my word when I tell you that this little Funk led by a sax vocalizing on the groove is a very good instrumental (you can circulate Phil : P) 
I can also tell you that Steal Awayis heart-rending during the chorus … Steal Away and I’m gonna set you free, steal away home, I’ll never leave you alone … 
I’m Standing By is just as poignant on a kind of soul-folk ballad I like it … 
Well, I still leave you some music for you to get an idea. 
Oh I forgot … this album was released on CD on the Ikef label (Ikef 06) in 2004 under the title “Does 'Party Fever’ & Other Songs Of The Montgomery Movement” …..~



Tracklist 
A1 The Montgomery Movement 4:44 
A2 Who 2:58 
A3 Steal Away 2:40 
A4 Precious Wing 3:32 
B1 Party Fever 5:14 
B2 I’m Standing By 2:30 
B3 Gotta Make A Comeback 4:05 
B4 Left Me With A Memory 3:05

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