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Every 1's a Winner [Bonus Tracks]

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Hot Chocolate 6/23/2009

Review

Hot Chocolate enjoyed an enthusiastic following in England, but in the U.S., the British band didn't receive nearly as much exposure as it should have. Regrettably, Hot Chocolate only had two major hits in the U.S.: "You Sexy Thing" in 1975 and "Every 1's a Winner" in 1978. That rock-influenced soul gem is the opener on the group's fourth album, which is also titled Every 1's a Winner. Although none of the other songs on this LP were big hits in the U.S., most of them are quite solid -- and that includes the moving ballad "Sometimes It Hurts to Be a Friend" as well as the message song "Love Is the Answer One More Time" and the moody Euro-disco number "Put Your Love in Me." This is a soul-funk album first and foremost, but it's a soul-funk album that isn't afraid to draw on British pop/rock influences like David Bowie and Elton John. Nor were Hot Chocolate afraid to incorporate Afro-Caribbean influences -- "Confetti Day," for example, could be described as an interesting marriage of reggae, Bowie, and Stax/Volt. While Every 1's a Winner falls short of perfect, it hits its mark more often than not and makes one wish that Hot Chocolate had acquired a larger following on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean. [The 2009 reissue of the album adds five bonus tracks made up of non-Lp singles, B-sides and "I'll Put You Together Again", a track that was inserted into the American release of the album at the expense of "Run Away Girl".] ~ Alex Henderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Every 1's a Winner Hot Chocolate 4:48
  3. 2 Confetti Day Hot Chocolate 4:39
  4. 3 Love Is the Answer One More Time Hot Chocolate 2:55
  5. 4 Some Times It Hurts to Be a Friend Hot Chocolate 5:21
  6. 5 So You Win Again Hot Chocolate 4:29
  7. 6 Stay with Me Hot Chocolate 4:5
  8. 7 Run Away Girl Hot Chocolate 3:23
  9. 8 I'm Going to Make You Feel Like a Woman Hot Chocolate 3:39
  10. 9 Put Your Love in Me Hot Chocolate 5:42
  11. 10 A Part of Being with You Hot Chocolate 2:53
  12. 11 Let Them Be the Judge Hot Chocolate 3:23
  13. 12 The Power of Love Hot Chocolate 3:16
  14. 13 I'll Put You Together Again Hot Chocolate 3:50
  15. 14 West End of Park Lane Hot Chocolate 3:27

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