KC and The Sunshine Band cover the ’60s

kcKC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
“FEELING YOU! THE 60s”
BFD (CD)

3 stars

By Gillian G. Gaar

The act best known for danceable hits like “Get Down Tonight” and “Shake Your Booty” takes a different tack on this collection. The songs covered here, on the band’s first album since 2007’s “Yummy,” are all signature songs of the 1960s.

The sharp snap of the drums that kick off the opening track might take you back to the days of boogie shoes, but then Harry “KC” Casey goes into a jaunty “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” from the sophisticated Bacharach/David team. Unsurprisingly, Casey seems most comfortable with the livelier numbers, like “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” “You Really Got Me,” “Sweet Soul Music” and “Stand By Me,” songs he sounds like he’d have great fun with in a live performance.

But Casey also wants to highlight his singing ability on the album. He’s a bit stiff on “Both Sides Now” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” has a Vegas/gospel style arrangement that sounds overblown. But he tackles the Bee Gees’ “Words” with aplomb, and digs deep into “I Hear a Symphony” to turn in a heartfelt performance. And “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” brings the album to a delicate close. Longtime KC fans should have fun hearing him vocally step into another role.

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