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THE TRAMMPS: THE TRAMMPS III (BBR)
The group’s third for Atlantic Records, but fifth release overall, is wall-to-wall, or track-to-track, dance. Wonderfully exciting and compulsive listening, with only a couple or so downsides. From the opening track “The Nights The Lights Went Out”, the relentless, driving, stomping grooves hit the atmosphere, and we forget our everyday life to become immersed in the group’s music. This monster disco/funk sound is carried over into “People Of The World, Rise”, interrupted by a more harder edged and funkier “Love Per Hour”. Take a pause, as “Living The Life” sweeps into the world with the hookline instantly grabbing a hugely memorable flowing melody, with soft, melting vocals that are almost touchable. So deserving the top track choice here! The mood plummets a notch or two with “Seasons For Girls” - less instant though, when edged against “Living The Life” – but nonetheless the song is strong enough to carry the melody to a surprising high. Hell, we’re back with a building instrumental introduction for “Life Ain’t Been Easy” where the highlight is the catchy “since I don’t have you….”. Magical Philly soul joins forces with R&B and funk, and The Trammps were on to another winner!

Rating: 8


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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