Quincy Jones – You’ve Got It Bad Girl (Full Album)

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You’ve Got It Bad Girl is a 1973 album by the American jazz musician/producer Quincy Jones.

The title track is a song written by Yvonne Wright[2] and was originally released on Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album Talking Book. Here Jones himself is performing the lead vocals. The album features another Stevie Wonder song: “Superstition”, featuring vocals from Bill Withers, Billy Preston and Wonder himself, billed as ‘The Beautiful Brothers’

Also included are an instrumental interpretation of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City”; and “Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)”, which was used for the opening and closing credits themes for the NBC situation comedy Sanford and Son.

The final track on the album, “Chump Change”, was first used as the main theme to 1972’s The New Bill Cosby Show on CBS, where Jones’s orchestra provided music. The CBS game show Now You See It used “Chump Change” as its main theme as well, both in 1974 and on its revival in 1989. It is also used as the main theme to the Dutch radio programme Langs de lijn, as well as the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation´s programme Ukeslutt. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27ve_Got_It_Bad_Girl).

AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman:
Quincy Jones followed up Smackwater Jack and his supervision of Donny Hathaway’s Come Back Charleston Blue soundtrack with this, a mixed bag that saw him inching a little closer toward the R&B-dominated approach that reached full stride on the following Body Heat and peaked commercially with The Dude. That said, the album’s most notorious cut is “The Streetbeater” — better known as the Sanford & Son theme, a novelty for most but also one of the greasiest, grimiest instrumental fusions of jazz and funk ever laid down — while its second most noteworthy component is a drastic recasting of “Summer in the City,” as heard in the Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By,” where the frantic, bug-eyed energy of the Lovin’ Spoonful original is turned into a magnetically lazy drift driven by Eddie Louis’ organ, Dave Grusin’s electric piano, and Valerie Simpson’s voice. (Simpson gives the song a “Summertime”-like treatment.) Between that, the title song (a faithfully mellow version, with Jones’ limited but subdued vocal lead), a medley of Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreaming” and Ewan MacColl’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and a light instrumental, roughly half the album is mood music, and it’s offset with not just “The Streetbeater” but a large-scale take on “Manteca,” a spooky-then-overstuffed “Superstition” (where the uncredited Billy Preston, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder are billed as “three beautiful brothers”), and the “Streetbeater” companion “Chump Change” (co-written with Bill Cosby). The best here can be had on comps, but the album is by no means disposable. [Given a straight reissue in early 2009 via Verve’s Originals series.] (https://www.allmusic.com/album/youve-got-it-bad-girl-mw0000809156).

Track listing:
“Summer in the City” (John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone) – 4:05
“Eyes of Love” (Quincy Jones, Bob Russell) – 3:28
Tribute to A.F.-Ro’: “Daydreaming”/”First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Aretha Franklin)/(Ewan MacColl) – 7:11
“Love Theme from The Getaway” (Jones) – 2:35
“You’ve Got It Bad Girl” (Yvonne Wright) – 5:45
“Superstition” (Wonder) – 4:32
“Manteca” (Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo) – 8:42
“Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)” (Jones) – 3:05
“Chump Change” (Bill Cosby, Jones) – 3:19

Personnel:
Dave Grusin – electric piano
Valerie Simpson – vocals
Phil Woods – alto saxophone
Tom Junior Morgan – harmonica soloist
Toots Thielemans – guitar, whistle, harmonica
Ernie Watts – saxophone
Bobbye Porter – percussion
Quincy Duke – vocals
Bob James & Creations – keyboards
Ray Brown – bass guitar
Chuck Rainey – bass guitar
Eddie Louis – soloist
George Duke – piano
Quincy Jones – trumpet, arranger, conductor, vocals
Cat Anderson – soloist
Grady Tate – drums

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Released: October 1973
Recorded: 1973
Length: 42:39
Label: A&M
Producer: Quincy Jones

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