- Bobby Boyd congress
Bobby Boyd congress was formed on Long Island, NY. Deciding America was already overloaded with funk acts, they moved to France in 1971 and recorded this one album. The self titled Bobby Boyd congress album was originally pressed with really small amounts of 300 or so. When their frontman Bobby Boyd returned to the States, guitarist Larry Jones, bassist Lafayette Hudson, keyboardist Frank Abel, horn players Ronnie James Buttacavoli and Arthur Young, drummer Ernest “Donny” Donable and percussionists Keno Speller and Arthur Young renamed the band as Ice. After the success of Ice’s debut album in 1973 their producer Pierre Jaubert changed the group’s name to the Lafayette afro rock band and the rest is history.
This album, Bobby Boyd congress, is truly a great album. Their sound is a mixture of funk and soul with a hint of rock. A combination of funky guitars, brass, organ and tight drums. The sound is clearly a foretaste of what’s coming later in their career with Ice and Lafayette afro rock band. There’s no fillers in this album. Songs vary from mellow ballads like “I’m undecided” to midtempo funky soul tracks like “In this strange strange land”. There’s several highlights on this great album. “In a toy garden” starts with a 1:40 intro and suddenly turns into a psychedelic funk jam with nice funky drums and a lot of electric guitar. And the guitars still disturb me a little. “Straight ahead” is a rough midtempo funk track with a break in the middle. Uptempo “Train” is also a good one. The best track however is “It’s good to see your face again” that starts a little mellow’ish, but turns into a frantic funk monster. There’s even a huge break in the middle. Bobby Boyd congress was reissued by Vadim music in 2011 with limited quantities, so finally it was possible to get this album without paying over 800 euros.
In this strange strange land
In a toy garden
It’s good to see your face again