B.T. Express is rolling into the station! On May 27, 2022, Iconoclassic Records will board the train to the intersection of R&B, soul, funk, and disco with a definitive reissue of the band's 1974 debut Do It ('Til You're Satisfied). Despite the fact that the album scored mightily on the Billboard charts, reaching No. 1 R&B and the top five of the Pop survey, it's long lacked a proper CD reissue with the original artwork, proper sequence, and full-length audio. That all changes with Iconoclassic's reissue, a fitting tribute to a group that earned ten R&B chart entries (including two No. 1s) and five Pop hits.
The band was formed by Richard "Rick" Thompson on guitar, Bill Risbrook (tenor saxophone), Carlos Ward (alto saxophone), Louis Risbrook (bass), Dennis Rowe (percussion), Terrell Wood (drums), and Barbara Joyce Lomas (vocals) in the New York borough of Brooklyn. Aligned with producer Jeff Lane and the independent Roadshow Records, the band ended up on the Scepter label (then reeling from the loss of its marquee artist, Dionne Warwick, to Warner Bros. Records) via its distribution deal with Roadshow.
B.T. Express was more like a freight train with the release of its very first single, "Do It ('Til Your Satisfied)" in 1974. The insistent, catchy track penned by Billy Nichols and mixed to dancefloor perfection by the legendary Tom Moulton worked its way up to No. 1 R&B/No. 2 Pop/No. 8 Disco. It set the stage for the extended jam "Express" (complete with train whistle!) which repeated the No. 1 R&B success in addition to hitting the summit on the Disco chart and making No. 4 Pop. It even crossed the pond to reach No. 34 on the U.K. Singles Chart. B.T. Express was on the fast track to disco stardom.
Do It ('Til You're Satisfied), the album, introduced the many sides of the band via the slinky grooves of "Once You Get It," the brassy funk of "If It Don't Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone)," the swaggering style of "That's What I Want for You, Baby" (with Randy Muller's soaring string chart), and the Norman Whitfield-esque psychedelic soul of "Mental Telepathy." Guided by producers Jeff Lane and Trade Martin, the group was rooted in classic R&B and applied enough melodic hooks to their dancefloor riffs to successfully attain crossover success.
Iconoclassic's reissue features the original album with its two Tom Moulton Disco Mixes (the title track and "Express") and the full-length LP versions of "If It Don't Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone)," "Do You Like It," and "That's What I Want for You, Baby." Audio has been remastered by Donald Cleveland with input from Tom Moulton and Randy Muller, while the 16-page booklet boasts a comprehensive essay by A. Scott Galloway based on new 2022 interviews with the band members and key personnel. Chris Eselgroth has designed the package. B.T. Express released their final album in 1982 but left behind a legacy of great music that's further burnished by Iconoclassic's upcoming reissue.
You'll find the full track listing below for Do It ('Til You're Satisfied). It's due on May 27 at the following links!
B.T. Express, Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (Remastered and Expanded Edition) (Iconoclassic ICON 1051, 2022) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Express (Tom Moulton Disco Mix)
- If It Don't Turn You On (You Oughta' Leave It Alone) (full-length LP version)
- Once You Get It
- Everything Good to You (Ain't Always Good for You)
- Mental Telepathy
- Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (Tom Moulton Disco Remix)
- Do You Like It (full-length LP version)
- That's What I Want for You Baby (full-length LP version)
- This House is Smokin'
- Express (Single Version)
- Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (Single Version)
Tracks 1-9 released as Scepter Records SPS 5117, 1974
Track 10 released as Roadshow single RD 7001, 1974
Track 11 released as Roadshow/Scepter single SCE-12395, 1974
Nice! Great 70's R&B. I am going to order now. I would love it if they would reissue the New York City "I'm Doin Fine Now" and "Soulful Road" albums from the Chelsea label. More fine Thom Bell productions on those two albums.