BUNNY SIGLER-LET ME PARTY WITH YOU.
BUNNY SIGLER-LET ME PARTY WITH YOU.
Bunny Silger seemed to have been around the Philadelphia music scene forever, by the time he signed to Norman Harris’ new label Gold Mind Records, where he’d release his fifth album Let Me Party With You in 1978. Eleven years before, Bunny had released his debut album Let the Good Times Roll in 1967, on Cameo Parkway. Although it failed to chart, the title-track Let the Good Times Roll and Lovey Dovey gave Bunny two minor hit singles. By 1974, Bunny had signed to Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records, releasing three albums between 1974 and 1976. That’s How Long I’ve Been Loving You, Bunny’s 1974 sophomore album, proved his most successful release on Philadelphia International. It reached number twenty-seven in the US R&B Charts. After that, 1975s Keep Smilin’ and 1976s My Music both failed to chart. Following My Music, Bunny decided to leave Philadelphia International Records and head to New York, where he joined Norman Harris’ new label Gold Mind Records. Gold Mind Records would release Let Me Party With You in 1978. Would Let Me Party With You this see an improvement in Bunny Sigler’s fortunes?
At Gold Mind Records, Bunny joined up with many former members of M.F.S.B, Philadelphia International Records legendary house-band. They’d left the label following a dispute with Gamble and Huff over money. Their destination was Salsoul Records, where they became The Salsoul Orchestra. Since then, Norman Harris had been given his own label to run, Gold Mind Records, which would now be home to Bunny Sigler. Indeed, it was on Norman Harris’ Gold Mind Records, that Bunny Sigler released his 1978 album Let Me Party With You. Given Bunny hadn’t enjoyed the success his music deserved at Philadelphia International Records maybe a change in label would mark a change in Bunny’s fortunes?
For Bunny Sigler’s Gold Mind debut album, Let Me Party With You, six tracks were penned. Bunny wrote three tracks, You’re Love Is Good, I’m A Fool and Time To Twist. With his brother Jimmy Sigler, Bunny cowrote I Got What You Need and with Kim Miller, Raymond Earl and Scotty Miller, penned Let Me Party With You (Disco-Disco-Disco). These six tracks were recorded in Philly, at Sigma Sound Studios and Philadelphia Music Works.
Unlike many of the albums released on Gold Mind Records, it wasn’t the familiar lineup of musicians. There was neither the Baker, Harris, Young rhythm section, nor Bobby “Electronic” Eli. Neither do the Sweethearts of Sigma’s backing vocalists grace Let Me Party WIth You. Instead, accompanying Bunny were a rhythm section of bassist Raymond Earl, drummer Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller. Fred Bahler, Jimmy and Bunny Sigler played keyboards, Scotty Miller and Larry Stricklen congas, Sam Peaks supplied the horns. Dennis Richardson played piano, while Charles Williams and Fred Bahler played keyboards. Instant Funk also featured on Let Me Party With You which Bunny produced and Tom Moulton mixed. Would Bunny Sigler’s change of label see a change in his fortunes when Let Me Party With You was released in 1978?
On the release of Let Me Party With You in 1978, Bunny’s fortunes improved when the album reached number seventy-seven in the US Billboard 200 and number eighteen in the US R&B Charts. Add to this four hit singles. Only You reached number eighty-seven in the US Billboard 100 and number eleven in the US R&B Charts. Let Me Party With You (Disco-Disco-Disco) reached number forty-three in the US Billboard 100, number eights in the US R&B Charts and number twenty-seven in the US Dance Music/Club Play Charts. I Got What You Need reached number forty-two in the US R&B Charts and then Don’t Even Try (Give It Up) reached number ninety-four in the US R&B Charts. It seemed Bunny Sigler’s decision to leave Philadelphia International Records had been vindicated. Let Me Party With You, which I’ll now tell you about, proves this.
Let Me Party With You opens with Let Me Party With You (Disco-Disco-Disco), a twelve-minute epic, which sounds not unlike a party in the studio when the track begins. Whoops, hollers and handclaps give way to a driving, funky rhythm section, stabs of keyboards, growling horns and percussion. Bunny’s good time vocal ensures the song swings, slowly revealing its secrets and surprises. Soon, Bunny is one-part cheerleader, his enthusiasm infectious. He’s desperate to make sure the song swings. Funky, joyous and dance-floor friendly, this track’s all this and more. Doo-wop harmonies accompany Bunny as he vamps his way through the track enthusiastically and energetically, determined to make the sure the song swings. Although very different from the music on That’s How Long I’ve Been Loving, Bunny’s back, with a bang.
You’re Love Is Good is quite different from the opening track. It’s a much more laid-back track. Harmonies, handclaps and rasping horns accompany keyboards before Bunny and his band kick loose. A blazing, meandering horn, keyboards and rhythm section add funk to Bunny’s sassy vocal and punchy harmonies. Stabs of keyboards and handclaps punctuate the arrangement. Soon, Bunny vamps, mixing power and passion. This is perfect for the arrangement. So are the waves of harmonies and strings that sweep in. Now Bunny adds some of his trademark soul. He testifies his way through the track, with punchy harmonies for company while his band supply some uber funky music. This ten minute epic, closes Side One of Let Me Party With You, and is one of the highlights, with Bunny back to his very best.
Bunny penned I Got What You Need with his brother Jimmy. Just a moody, spacey, sometimes funky bass sets the scene for Bunny’s sassy, breathy vocal. There’s a jazzy sound to the spacious arrangement. Breathy, sensual backing vocals give way harmonies and a heartfelt, impassioned vocal. Soon, Bunny’s sensuous vocal teases, with the sultriest of saxophone solos and soaring harmonies for company. Add to this bursts of dramatic drums and pulsating bass line and you’ve the finishing touch. The result is seven minutes of sheer sensuality and one of the best songs Bunny recorded.
I’m A Fool has a spacious, moody and funky arrangement as it unfolds. Just a broody bass line, keyboards and guitars combine as a questioning scatted, heartbroken vocal enters. Then the tempo quickens. The rhythm section, searing guitars and stabs of keyboards drive the arrangement along. Bunny’s vocal is filled with sadness and emotion. With such an emotive vocal, the arrangement doesn’t disappoint. It’s drama personified, providing the perfect backdrop, for Bunny’s vocal and reflecting the heartache and emotion in his vocal.
It’s Time To Twist sounds like Bunny looked to the past for inspiration when writing this song. The song literally bursts into life. A driving, funky rhythm section, bursts of space-age synths, searing guitars and stabs of bluesy horns set the scene for sweet, soulful harmonies. Bunny’s powerful gnarled vocal becomes a vamp, while crystalline guitars and washes of keyboards replace his vocal. By then, you realize Bunny has looked to the past for inspiration, fusing blues, funk and soul, adding to that generous supply of hooks.
Closing Let Me Party With You is Don’t Even Try (Give It Up), written and arranged by Gregory Herbert. Bunny has saved the best to last, as he decides to revisit his soulful past. Straight away, you realize something special is unfolding. A bursts of drums ushers in chiming guitars, rasping horns and waves of atmospheric keyboards. The rhythm section create the track’s slow, beautiful and soulful heartbeat. For his part, Bunny delivers a tender, heartfelt vocal. Truly, he rolls back the years, delivering a vocal filled with emotion, joy and hope. It’s the perfect way to close the first chapter in the part of the Bunny Sigler story.
With Bunny Sigler now signed to Norman Harris’ Gold Mind Records, Let Me Party With You represents the next chapter in his career. While Bunny hadn’t enjoyed the success his music deserved at Philadelphia International Records, it was almost as if Bunny was reinvigorated and rejuvenated at Gold Mind Records. Let Me Party With You proved to be Bunny most successful album, surpassing even his Philadelphia International Records’s debut That’s How Long I’ve Been Loving. On Let Me Party With You mixed musical genres old and new. Unlike some soul singers during the disco era, Bunny didn’t throw the soul out with the bathwater. He combined Philly Soul with funk, disco, jazz and a twist of the blues. The result was six tracks, where Bunny mixed good-time party music, funky licks and some heartfelt soul. The record-buying public loved the music on Let Me Party With You, resulting in the album number seventy-seven in the US Billboard 200 and number eighteen in the US R&B Charts. Add to this, four hit single and Bunny Sigler was back, asking to Let Me Party With You. Given how good the music is on Let Me Party With You is you can’t refuse. Standout Tracks: You’re Love Is Good, I Got What You Need, I’m A Fool and Don’t Even Try (Give It Up).
BUNNY SIGLER-LET ME PARTY WITH YOU.