Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington recaptures the New York disco nostalgia of the band's landmark 1976 debut while excluding most of the experimentation which bogged down their admirable follow-up, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Meets King Penett. Although RCA reshuffled the songs from the first two albums and reissued them under the deceptive title The Very Best of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, no overview of the group is truly complete without acknowledging what would be their final album before Cory Daye went solo and August Darnell and "Sugar Coated" Andy Hernandez formed Kid Creole and the Coconuts. In many ways, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington serves as a bridge between the band and their subsequent careers. The pan-cultural beats and worldly wisdom of Kid Creole can be heard in songs like "Once There Was a Colored Girl..." and "Italiano," while the retro dance energy of "Call Me" was revisited by Daye on her solo debut, Cory and Me. As always, Daye's friendly vocals and exuberant personality take center stage before a supporting chorus of bandmates, and Darnell's clever travelogues are buoyed by a genre-blending mix of tropical melodies, danceable tempos, and dramatically orchestrated pop hooks. There is no surefire classic like their breakthrough hit "Cherchez La Femme," but ...Goes to Washington provides enough pleasant surprises to delight Dr. Buzzard and Kid Creole fans who may have overlooked this unique curio from the disco era.
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