Uptown Festival

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Uptown Festival
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Studio album by Shalamar
ReleasedApril 12, 1977
GenreDisco, R&B
Length38:30
LabelSoul Train Records
ProducerDick Griffey, Don Cornelius, Simon Soussan
Shalamar chronology
Uptown Festival
(1977)
Disco Gardens
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Uptown Festival is the first album credited to American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1977 on the Soul Train label. It features the original line-up of Gary Mumford, Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley (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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo"Norma Toney, Andre Williams4:04
2."Beautiful Night"Jimmy Thomas5:20
3."Uptown Festival" ("Going to a Go-Go" / "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" / "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" / "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "It's the Same Old Song" / "The 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 Saying Somethin'")Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin, Pete Moore / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Holland–Dozier–Holland, Sylvia Moy / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Eddie Holland8:52
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."High on Life"Don Cornelius3:42
5."Ooh Baby, Baby"Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore3:48
6."You Know"Don Cornelius3:59
7."Forever Came Today"Holland–Dozier–Holland5:55

Singles[edit]

"Uptown Festival Part 1" (US Hot 100 #25, US R&B #10, Australia #20, UK #30)
"Ooo Baby Baby" (US R&B #59)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shalamar – Uptown Festival". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2014.

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