19/07/2018: “Let The Dollar Circulate” by Billy Paul

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“Let The Dollar Circulate” was released in 1975 on the album When Love Is New.  It has the upbeat proto-disco sound of Philadelphia soul, with backing by the MFSB band, who were on the same Philadelphia International Records label.

The song has a marching feel on the verses, with a thumping bassline and lyrics preaching about the evils of poverty and environmental destruction; there are similarities with reggae because of this.

The chorus has a gospel feel, releasing the tension of the verses in an explosion of strings and horns.  Those strings and horns are very prominent in the mix, producing a richly textured soul hit.

Could this song be improved?

Not that I can think of…

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