Uptown Festival

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Uptown Festival
Studio album by Shalamar
Released April 12, 1977
Genre R&B
Length 38:30
Label Soul Train Records
Producer Dick Griffey, Don Cornelius, Simon Soussan
Shalamar chronology
Uptown Festival
(1977)
Disco Gardens
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Uptown Festival is the first album credited to American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1977 on the Soul Train label. (The album was in fact recorded by session singers). Uptown Festival peaked at #22 on the US R&B chart and #48 on the Billboard Albums chart.

The title track, a medley of ten Motown classics sung over a 1970s disco beat, was a hit in both the USA and the UK.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo" (Toney/Williams) 4:03
  2. "Beautiful Night" 5:14
  3. "Uptown Festival" (Robinson/Moore/Holland/Dozier/Holland/Wonder/Moy/Cosby/Whitfield/Stevenson) 8:49 (Medley: Going to a Go-Go / I Can't Help Myself / Uptight (Everything's Alright) / Stop! In the Name of Love / It's the Same Old Song / Tears of a Clown / Love Is Like an Itching In My Heart / This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) / Baby Love / He Was Really Sayin' Somethin')

Side Two

  1. "High On Life" (Cornelius) 3:35
  2. "Ooo Baby Baby" (Robinson/Moore) 3:46
  3. "You Know" 4:01
  4. "Forever Came Today" (Holland/Dozier/Holland) 5:49

Singles[edit]

"Uptown Festival Part 1" (US Hot 100 #25, US R&B #10, UK #30)
"Ooo Baby Baby" (US R&B #59)