Evelyn "Champagne" King*Smooth Talk

Label:RCA Victor – APL1-2466
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Indianapolis Pressing
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Disco, Funk, Soul


A1Smooth Talk
Arranged By [Horns]Arnold Coley*
Written-ByM. Holden*, T. Life*, W. Kimes*
A2I Don't Know If It's Right
Arranged By [Horns]Morris Bailey
Written-ByJ. H. Fitch*, T. Life*
A3Til I Come Off The Road
Arranged By [Horns]Arnold Coley*
Written-ByJ. H. Fitch*, M. Holden*, T. Life*
A4Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'
Arranged By [Horns]Morris Bailey
Written-ByTeddy Pendergrass, T. Life*
Arranged By [Horns]Sam Peaks*
Written-ByJ. H. Fitch*, R. Cross*
B2Nobody Knows
Arranged By [Horns]Leon Mitchell
Written-ByJ. H. Fitch*, R. Cross*, T. Life*
B3We're Going To A Party
Arranged By [Horns]Leon Mitchell
Written-ByA. Gravatt*, J. Freeman*, T. Life*
B4The Show Is Over
Arranged By [Horns]Leon Mitchell
Written-ByD. Wansel*, T. Life*

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This is the 1st USA cover design and mastering with a shorter version for "Shame" with a timing of 4:36.
An alternate mastering (same cover design) was issued with a longer time for "Shame" as Smooth Talk

It was later repackaged and repressed with the longer 6:35 timing for "Shame" with a different cover photo.
Smooth Talk
Smooth Talk

Note: Some covers for this pressing are gold stamped as promotional.

Recorded at RCA Studios, New York and Alpha International, Philadelphia

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): APL1-2466-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): APL1-2466-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): I A3W APL1-2466A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): I A1W APL1-2466B-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): I A2C APL1-2466A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): I A1G APL1-2466B-2

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Smooth Talk (LP, Album)RCA VictorPL 12466France1977
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  • Yemsky's avatar
    This album pretty much has Instant Funk as the backing band.
    • MusicBoxTW's avatar
      This is a feel-good album.

      I picked this LP up on a whim in a used bin and I was very surprised by how good it actually is. Yes, there is a disco flavor here but, aside from the obvious single ("Shame") it's more of a solid up-tempo R&B album with some fantastic horns. It would likely feel right at home on mid to late-70's Motown roster.

      Opening track "Smooth Talk" is a corker, though it feels like they maybe should have faded it out about 2 minutes sooner than they did. Other notable tracks include "I Don't Know If It's Right", and the very amusing (and dance-able) ""Til I Come Off The Road". The only slow track on the album is the album closer "The Show Is Over" which has a nice vibe to it, and the only dud (IMHO) is "Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'" which does feel like dated colour-by-numbers disco. Of course, the classic here is "Shame" which still makes you wanna shake your butt.

      I would rate the album 4.5 stars, but there's no option for a half star.... It really is a hidden gem and you should pick it up if you're into Northern Soul, Funky R&B, or even Disco. It got me up and dancing while cleaning the house and singing along even to songs I'd never heard before. Can't say better than that.
      • Glad to see I wasn't mistaken. I remember there being multiple versions of this LP when I was a kid. I'm so glad to see it really existed and someone has it, as proof.



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