Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Q: “Do You Feel It”? A: Quite

The Soul Survivors enjoyed lots of radio play in 1967 with “Expressway to Your Heart,” a #4 hit that was the first million-seller for legendary producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who went on to form the Philadelphia International label – Motown’s big rival – in 1971.  The Soul Survivors’ debut album, When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes, on the Crimson label, curiously, did not fare nearly as well as the single, only hitting #123 on the pop chart.  The album’s rock ‘n’ soul kick-off track, “Do You Feel It,” features fun stereo separation between the lead and backing vocals – and also the drums during the first big instrumental break:

Soul Survivors LP

Their second album would find them signed to Atlantic subsidiary, Atco – with Duane Allman playing slide guitar on a few tracks at their December 1968 recording sessions at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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