Going East

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Going East
Studio album by Billy Paul
Released 1971
Recorded 1971 Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Soul, Philadelphia soul
Length 40:37
Label Philadelphia International
Producer Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Billy Paul chronology
Ebony Woman
(1970)String Module Error: Match not found1970
Going East
360 Degrees of Billy Paul
(1972)String Module Error: Match not found1972

Going East is an album by soul singer Billy Paul. The album was arranged by Bobby Martin,[1][2] Lenny Pakula and Thom Bell.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]

Released in 1971, this would be Paul's Philadelphia International Records debut after recording his first two albums for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Neptune and Gamble labels. Gamble recalled:

"We really wanted to get a big hit on Billy. The problem was finding a balance between his natural jazz style and what was going down in soul music. The Ebony Woman album for Neptune had started getting Billy into a commercial groove and got a lot of favorable reaction from the industry. So for Billy's next album, Goin' East, we extended the concept further. We took in outside influences--the Beatles, the Eastern thing--but we kept it rhythmic and we didn't try to smother Billy. We nearly had a hit with "Magic Carpet Ride" from the album."[4]

Paul's 10:21 live version of "East" appears on the 2011 Legacy CD Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia Live in San Francisco 1973 - a record company event recorded on 27 June 1973 at the Fairmont Hotel. Paul and other PIR acts were backed by MFSB which featured 35 musicians including Leon Huff on organ. Paul's performance of "Me and Mrs. Jones" (8:34) from the event also appears on the album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "East" - (Tyrone W. Brown) 6:46
  2. "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" - (Charles Courtney, Peter Link) 2:42
  3. "This Is Your Life" - (Jimmy Webb) 4:16
  4. "Jesus Boy (You Only Look Like a Man)" - (Moh Jakke) 4:17
  5. "Magic Carpet Ride" - (J. Cohn, R. Green, C. Makem) 5:19
  6. "I Wish It Were Yesterday" - (Bobby Martin, Lee Phillips) 3:50
  7. "Compared to What" - (Gene McDaniels) 5:20
  8. "Love Buddies" - (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) 3:40
  9. "There's a Small Hotel" - (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) 4:27


  • Billy Paul - Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Norman Harris, Roland Chambers - Guitar
  • Eddie Green - Piano
  • Vince Montana - Vibraphone
  • Tyrone Brown - Bass
  • Norman Farrington - Drums
  • Tony Williams - Flute, Saxophone
  • Robert Crippen - Congas
  • Charles Jules, Gerald Roberts - Percussion (Shekere)
  • Don Renaldo and his String Section
  • Sam Reed and his Horns


Chart (1971) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[6] 197
Billboard Top Soul Albums[6] 42 (1972)


  1. ^ http://www.soultracks.com/story-bobby-martin-dies Bobby Martin obituary
  2. ^ Bobby Martin discography at Discogs
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Billy Paul: Going East > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits". Billboard Books. p. 325. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia Live in San Francisco 1973> Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Billy Paul US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 

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