Circle O'Fire was once the Soul Children's road group. When Soul Children disbanded, David Porter decided to produce this poorly promoted album on the gritty, soul eight- piece. Porter co-wrote many of the tunes with Donald O' Conner, but the sound is old and stagnant compared to fresher recordings from labelmates the Bar Kays. They shine best on two ballads: "You're a Winner" and "Nobody Loves You Like I Do." The midtempo "Have It Your Way" bombed as single, and other than "Jookin'," accented by party ambience, nothing else on Escape Hatch merits mentioning.
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