Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Down 5 - I'm Takin' It Home
A quick internet search of this record turns up several references to its compilation appearances and little else. That's usually a good indication that not much is known about the record or artist in question. In this case, the band is The Down 5 and this record seems to have been their only release.
What we do know is that Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich produced this and someone named Dennis Carbone wrote "I'm Takin' It Home" and it's flipside, "Show Me". Presumably, Carbone was one of the band members but I don't know that for sure. Also, one tidbit that I did pick up from my internet search is that an ad appeared in an April 1967 issue of Billboard, promoting the band and its new record.
I mentioned that "I'm Takin' It Home" has made compilation appearances, which have been garage rock related. The song sort of fits the bill, though it's not strictly a garage tune. Kicking off with a big drum sound, followed by some funky guitar, "I'm Takin' It Home" has a heavy r&b influence and makes for quite the hip shaker. I can see a sweat soaked dance floor in a steamy nightclub. The vocals are delivered Wilson Pickett style and the bridge simply consists of a big beat with vocals delivered over the top. In addition, there are backing vocals a-plenty. The song is really a great meeting of 1960's garage and soul dance music, rockin' and funky at the same time.
I don't really have a good idea of the going rate for the record. I paid $15 for mine at a record show a few years back, a rather hefty sum for me. But it's worth every bit of that in pure listening enjoyment alone.