Born to Get Down Muscle Shoals Horns

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Label: Sony / Epic / Legacy

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

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  • 1Open Up Your Heart03:13
  • 2Break Down03:44
  • 3Where I'm Coming From04:34
  • 4Hustle to the Music03:48
  • 5Who's Gonna Love You04:37
  • 6Bump De Bump Yo Boodie03:27
  • 7Born to Get Down (Born to Mess Around)04:22
  • 8Get It Up03:38
  • 9Give It to Me03:34
  • 10Bump De Bump Yo Boodie03:07
  • 11Where I'm Coming From03:52
  • Total Runtime41:56

Info for Born to Get Down

Born To Get Down is a 1976 album by Muscle Shoals Horns and the original releases became their debut album for Bang Records. Produced by Barry Beckett and backed by the cream of the Muscle Shoals studio talent, this set was a complete surprise.

Who would have expected a horn-based outfit to debut with so much enthusiasm. The album was simply terrific and had they avoided the dreaded trap of disco banality as showcased on funky Ken Bell guitar riffs and the showcasing of Thompson's flute playing. Breakdown found the group adding a rawer funky edge to their sound with a blazing Bell lead guitar solo and an extended Eades sax solo taking the spotlight. Showcasing Calloway on vocals, Where I'm Coming From was a slinky bluesy ballad with a surprisingly confrontational slice of social commentary. The slinky disco-tinged ballad, Who's Gonna Love You was actually a disco song for people who didn't like disco. As if you couldn't tell from the title, 'Bump De Bump You Boogie' was a mindless slice of Kool and the Gang-styled dance music. Born To Get Down (Born To Mess Around) found the band diving into hardcore funk; Nice groove with some classic synthesizer flourishes and punchy horn charts.

Harrison Calloway, lead vocals, trumpet
Harvey Thompson, saxophone, flute
Ronnie Eades, baritone saxophone
Charles Rose, trombone
Ken Bell, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
Randy McCormick, organ
Barry Beckett, piano, organ
Bob Wray, bass
Roger Hawkins, drums
Tom Roady, percussion
Katherine Hill, vocals
Muscle Shoals Horns, backing vocals

Recorded 1976 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Engineered by Gregg Hamm, Jerry Masters, Steve Melton
Mixed by Barry Beckett, Jerry Masters
Produced by Barry Beckett

Digitally remastered

The Muscle Shoals Horns
was an American brass section of session musicians who performed on many R&B and rock records between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s, as well as making their own recordings which included the 1976 R&B chart hit "Born To Get Down".

The performers included Harrison Calloway Jr. (trumpet), Ronnie Eades (baritone saxophone), Harvey Thompson (saxophone, flute), and Charles Rose (trombone). Calloway, Eades and Thompson met while at Tennessee State University in Nashville, and began performing with local bands and, on one occasion, young guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Together with Rose, they began recording together at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in the late 1960s, and performed on 300 albums, by musicians including Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and Elton John, often working with the musicians of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

The Muscle Shoals Horns also achieved commercial success in their own right, releasing three albums under their own name, with four records on the R&B singles chart in 1976-77 – "Born To Get Down (Born To Mess Around)" (#8), "Open Up Your Heart" (#47), "Bump De Bump Yo Boodie" (#63), and "Dance To The Music" (#57). They also released three albums – Born To Get Down (1976), Doin' It To The Bone (1977), and Shine On (1983) – and were credited on the 1975 DJM album Elton John Band featuring John Lennon and the Muscle Shoals Horns. The four members reunited in 2015 after a 30-year break, with a performance to mark the release of their recordings on CD.

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