Carl Douglas The Soul of the Kung Fu Fighter

The Soul of the Kung Fu Fighter
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CD Details

  • Released: October 23, 2001
  • Label: Castle Us

Tracks:

  • 1.Kung Fu Fighting
  • 2.When You Got Love
  • 3.I Want to Give You My Everything
  • 4.Too Hot to Handle
  • 5.Changing Times
  • 6.M.O.R.F. [Instrumental]
  • 7.Green Tangerines and Wild Evergreens
  • 8.Witchfinder General
  • 9.Stand Up for Love
  • 10.Mistakes of Mine
  • 11.Love, Peace and Happiness
  • 12.Dance the Kung Fu
  • 13.Blue Eyed Soul [Instrumental]
  • 14.Never Had This Dream Before
  • 15.I Don't Care What People Say
  • 16.I'll Be Your Light
  • 17.Girl You're So Fine
  • 18.I'll Keep Lovin' You
  • 19.Honest Woman
  • 20.Shanghai'd
  • 21.Run Back
  • 22.Kung Fu Fighting - Bus Stop, Carl Douglas

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Carl Douglas (vocals).
Includes liner notes by Alan Clayson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered
The tragedy of Carl Douglas' career is that he was actually a good singer, capable of being more than a novelty act. Nobody really cares, though, because he was the guy who sang "Kung Fu Fighting," a delightfully silly artifact of the '70s, combining disco and kung fu films in an absurdly catchy, unforgettable way. Saddled with such an indelible novelty hit, Douglas' skills faded into the background, particularly since he recorded his fair share of songs that were either kitschy -- the talk-box heavy "Too Hot to Handle" -- or were direct rip-offs of "Kung Fu Fighting": "Dance the Kung Fu," "Green Tangerine and Wild Evergreens" -- the last of which has the exact same melody as the hit song. These and much, much more (including a contemporary remix of the hit, which was a British hit itself and the reason why this Castle collection was assembled for U.K. release) are included on the 22-track The Soul of the Kung Fu Fighter, which is likely more than anybody really needs from Carl Douglas; though it is easily the most comprehensive and best collection assembled of the artist yet. Due to its range, it does illustrate that Douglas could have done more than novelties, given the right material and right producer -- not much more, perhaps, but he was a good journeyman vocalist and when he's given solid genre material like "When You Got Love," the results are indeed pleasant. There aren't that many great songs here, however, so this hardly counts as a testament to a great forgotten talent. Nevertheless, Douglas was not without talent, and his pleasant voice makes these period disco, pop-soul, and dance productions enjoyable, even if they never transcend their generic origins and are often bogged down by their own novelty. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  • UPC: 823107211328
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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