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Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 1
01Caesar's PalaceCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
02Yellow SubmarineCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
03Brown SugarCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
04Soul ConcertoCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
05Fried OkraCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
06Spreadin' HoneyCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
07A Little Class & A Little TrashCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
08The 103rd St. ThemeCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
09The Girl From IpanemaCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
10Bring It On Home To MeCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
11Whole Hog, Or None At AllCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
12Watts HappeningCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 2
01Sorry CharlieCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
02Something You GotCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
0365 Bars And A Taste Of SoulCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
04Papa's Brand New BagCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
05(I Can't Get No) SatisfactionCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
06A Dance, A Kiss And A SongCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
07Phuncky BillCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
08Get ReadyCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
09Stormy MondayCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
10Giggin' Down 103rdCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
11My Summer's GoneCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
12Knock On WoodCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
13I Wake Up CryingCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
14Do Your ThingCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 3
01Till You Get EnoughCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
02I'm A Midnight MoverCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
03Light My FireCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
04CommentCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
05Everyday People (In The Jungle)Charles Wright & Watts 103rd
06Must Be Your ThingCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
07Love LandCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
08Oh Happy Gabe (Sometimes Blue)Charles Wright & Watts 103rd
09Twenty-Five MilesCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
10The Joker (On A Trip To The Jungle)Charles Wright & Watts 103rd
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 4
01Road Without An EndCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
02I Got LoveCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
03High As Apple Pie-Slice ICharles Wright & Watts 103rd
04Express YourselfCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
05I'm AwareCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
06Tell Me What You Want Me To DoCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
07High As Apple Pie-Slice IICharles Wright & Watts 103rd
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 5
01Express Yourself IICharles Wright & Watts 103rd
02Let's Make Love Not WarCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
03Just To Settle My NervesCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
04What Can You Bring Me?Charles Wright & Watts 103rd
05Your Love Means Everything To MeCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
06You're So BeautifulCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
07I Got Your LoveCharles Wright & Watts 103rd
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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Express Yourself

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Express Yourself

No Los Angeles group dealt funk like Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Their grooves were hot and cool at the same time; they could stretch out and jam like jazzmen, so honed were their instrumental chops, and their name announced to the world that they hailed from the soulful side of the  City of Angels.

 

Guitarist Wright was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1940 but moved to L.A. at 12. Deeply influenced by local R&B crooner Jesse Belvin, the high schooler waxed his first single, Eternally, in 1956 as Little Cholly Wright on Cholly Williams' self-named Cholly imprint, though deejay Dick 'Huggy Boy' Hugg reissued it on his Caddy logo as by The Twilighters. Under that name, the group made 45s for Ebb and Cholly, and Pan World issued a 1960 Charles Wright single, (It's Gotta Be) The Right Time.

The first incarnation of the Rhythm Band came together in 1966 to cut a theme song for L.A. deejay Magnificent Montague, which got so popular that it came out on producer Fred Smith's Keymen label as Spreadin' Honey. Comedian Bill Cosby hired another outfit that included Wright to cut some sides for Warner Bros., notably Cosby's droll '67 hit Little Ole Man. Smith and Cosby helped get Wright's outfit a contract with Warner Bros. (an imprint not generally associated with R&B until then), where they cut their album debut, 'Hot Heat And Sweet Groove.' The ultimate Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band lineup consisted of Wright, guitarist Al McKay, bassist Melvin Dunlap, drummer James Gadson, saxists Big John Rayford and Bill Cannon, trombonist Ray Jackson, and trumpeter Gabriel Flemings. 

Their first album as a unit was titled 'Together,' and they were, honing their grooves as the house band at a happening Hollywood Boulevard nitery called the Haunted House. Do Your Thing, their first Warners smash in '69, originated in a jam on its stage. Before year's end, they hit twice more with Till You Get Enough and Must Be Your Thing. Their first 1970 hit, the liberating Love Land, was actually a more potent pop seller than R&B (by now, Wright was front-billed with the group on the label).

Cut at Gold Star Studios in L.A., the Wright-penned-and-produced Express Yourself was the pinnacle of the band's funk exploits, his playfully languid vocal counterpointed by the extremely infectious goings-on unwinding underneath—punchy horns, chicken-scratch guitar, and a deadly groove locked down by Dunlap and Gadson. It leaped to #3 R&B and #12 pop and served as title track to one of their most popular albums.

There would be another hit at Warners, Your Love (Means Everything To Me), but the band's classic configuration would soon splinter as Wright moved to ABC-Dunhill for his last R&B chart entry, Doin' What Comes Naturally. Their reign wasn't as long as James Brown's, but The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band was a true funk machine.

- Bill Dahl -

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Tracklist
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 1
01 Caesar's Palace
02 Yellow Submarine
03 Brown Sugar
04 Soul Concerto
05 Fried Okra
06 Spreadin' Honey
07 A Little Class & A Little Trash
08 The 103rd St. Theme
09 The Girl From Ipanema
10 Bring It On Home To Me
11 Whole Hog, Or None At All
12 Watts Happening
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 2
01 Sorry Charlie
02 Something You Got
03 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul
04 Papa's Brand New Bag
05 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
06 A Dance, A Kiss And A Song
07 Phuncky Bill
08 Get Ready
09 Stormy Monday
10 Giggin' Down 103rd
11 My Summer's Gone
12 Knock On Wood
13 I Wake Up Crying
14 Do Your Thing
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 3
01 Till You Get Enough
02 I'm A Midnight Mover
03 Light My Fire
04 Comment
05 Everyday People (In The Jungle)
06 Must Be Your Thing
07 Love Land
08 Oh Happy Gabe (Sometimes Blue)
09 Twenty-Five Miles
10 The Joker (On A Trip To The Jungle)
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 4
01 Road Without An End
02 I Got Love
03 High As Apple Pie-Slice I
04 Express Yourself
05 I'm Aware
06 Tell Me What You Want Me To Do
07 High As Apple Pie-Slice II
Wright, Charles & Watts 103rd - Original Album Series (5-CD Slipcase) CD 5
01 Express Yourself II
02 Let's Make Love Not War
03 Just To Settle My Nerves
04 What Can You Bring Me?
05 Your Love Means Everything To Me
06 You're So Beautiful
07 I Got Your Love