ADC Band – Renaissance (1980)

ADC Band - Renaissance (1980)
Artist: ADC Band
Album: Renaissance
Genre: Funk/Soul/Disco
Origin: USA
Released: 1980
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Our Thought (Instrumental) (1:16)
2. In The Moonlight (7:03)
3. Work That Body (5:05)
4. Hittin’ On Me (5:16)
5. Hangin’ Out (5:16)
6. State Of Shock (4:27)
7. Everyday (6:19)
8. Tripwire (4:35)

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As far as late ’70s/early ’80s funksters go, the ADC Band were never heavyweights — the outfit wasn’t in a class with Parliament/Funkadelic, Cameo, Rick James, the Gap Band, or the Bar-Kays. One of ADC’s main problems was the lack of a strong identity; if the band wasn’t emulating Parliament/Funkadelic or Steve Arrington-era Slave, they were emulating Mass Production. Nonetheless, ADC did come up with some decent grooves here and there. When the East Coast band enjoyed a major hit with “Long Stroke” in 1978, they were often compared to Parliament/Funkadelic — and, to be sure, the P-funk influence was quite strong in the beginning. But on their third album, Renaissance, a much better comparison would be Mass Production. With this 1980 LP, ADC ditch the P-funk leanings and favor a very Mass Production-minded approach — which isn’t surprising because Renaissance was produced, arranged, and written by three Mass Production members: saxophonist Gregory McCoy, trumpeter James Drumgole, and keyboardist Tyrone Williams. Further, all three of them play on the record. So not surprisingly, the Mass Production influence is impossible to miss on up-tempo funk/dance workouts like “Tripwire” and “State of Shock” — and it is equally strong on the soul ballad “Everyday.” In fact, ADC ends up sounding like a poor person’s Mass Production, which isn’t to say that Renaissance is a bad album. The material is generally likable and catchy, it just isn’t remarkable or mind-blowing. Not an essential purchase, Renaissance is strictly for ADC’s hardcore fans.
Review by Alex Henderson

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