Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

The Jammers – What Have You Got To Lose

Lost but not least! The Jammers – What Have You Got To Lose (Salsoul Records)

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You might most likely remember them for classics such as ‘And You Know That’ and ‘Be Mine Tonight’. I never understood though why Salsoul Records omitted to give the blowin’ ‘What Have You Got To Lose’ a proper single release. To the exception of their UK branch which eventually pressed it as the flipside of the latter…

Probably the best ever production by the likes of Richie Weeks along with ‘Straight Down To The Bone’ which didn’t get a release neither. With mixing work courtesy of Shep Pettibone… ‘What Have You Got To Lose’ stands among the most beautiful pieces one can find on the Cayre brothers’ imprint. With backing vocals provided by Connie Harvey, Elaine Gaskins and Jocelyn Brown echoing to Sheldon Weeks vibrant interpretation. The whole punctuated with lush horn parts courtesy of Barry Rogers, Chris Rogers, Earl Gardner (check out the sax play!). This, over an Instant Funk‘s Raymond Earl rumblin’ bassline.

This is nothing but an absolute monsterjam conveying quite an enlightening message. What have you got to lose? Just give it a listen and let us know what you think!

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The Jammers saw the light in the Big Apple during the early 80’s. A one album Disco/Funk assemblage, they regrouped members of Instant Funk, Richie Weeks & Co. and session musicians working in the early ’80s with the Salsoul Records acts. Featuring the lead vocals of Debby Blackwell, they worked under the direction of writer/producer Richie Weeks.

They dropped their epononymous album back in 1982. One of the strongest collections ever released on Salsoul, it featured the singles ‘Be Mine Tonight’ and ‘And You Know That’. Not to mention ‘What Have You Got To Lose’ and the bumping ‘Straight Down To The Bone’.

The Jammers eventually released a non album single – ‘Let’s B-B Break’ – 2 years later before disbanding soon after.

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