Recording information: Philadelphia and Alpha International Recording Studios; Sigma Sound Studios.
Reduced to a quintet by 1983, Instant Funk was then comprised of Scotty Miller (drums, background vocals), Kim Miller (guitar, background vocals), Raymond Earl (bass, background vocals), Dennis Richardson (keyboards, background vocals), and James Carmichael (lead vocals); five additional rhythm players, a five-piece horn section, and additional backing vocalists augment the band. Tom Moulton mixed two bouncers: "No Stoppin' That Rockin'," a groovy techno-funk piece, and "Who Took Away the Funk," a low groove with P-Funk-style vocals. "Smack Dab in the Middle" is a tender ballad with a winsome, heartfelt chorus. A remake of "A Hard Day's Night" features punchy horns, choppy rhythms, rock guitar, and energetic vocals. While OK, this is a nonessential album. ~ Andrew Hamilton