THP Orchestra

Good to Me

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At the turn of the millennium, THP's Eurodisco recordings of the late 1970s sound incredibly dated. But dated isn't necessarily bad; for those fond of a particular era, it can actually be a good thing. And for anyone fond of the disco era, THP is a name that's worth knowing. Not everything that THP recorded was great, but it did record the occasional gem and was at least decent most of the time. Good to Me, THP's third and final album, found the Canadian outfit switching to the Atlantic label and changing its name -- what had been the THP Orchestra in 1977 and 1978 became just plain THP in 1979. However, Good to Me isn't terribly different from the THP Orchestra's two previous albums; producers Ian Guenther and Willi Morrison ditched the huge string section and hired Joyce Cobb as their new female singer but continued to emphasize state-of-the-art Eurodisco. Cobb, a big-voiced belter, handles herself well on European-flavored tracks like "Dancin' Forever," "Dancin' Is Alright," and the title song. But not everything on this LP has the European sound; on "Two Hearts, One Love" and "Who Do You Love," Cobb detours into more of a disco-soul approach à la Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, or Loleatta Holloway. With the right promotion on Atlantic's part, those two songs could have easily become radio hits. But unfortunately, Atlantic didn't really get behind this LP, which went out of print not long after it was released. Nonetheless, Good to Me did enjoy some club exposure, and it isn't a bad record to have in your collection if you're a die-hard disco fanatic.

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