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Bobby Freeman's only album for the Autumn label was, as expected, based around his huge "C'mon and Swim" hit. Part one of that song leads off side one; part two of the song leads off side two; and the small hit follow-up single "S-W-I-M" ends the LP. In between swim tunes, most of this is energetic covers of popular numbers like "Ya Ya," "Money," and "Walkin' the Dog," along with party soul dance swingers (sometimes with live-in-the-studio party noise) in the same vein, written or co-written by producer Sylvester Stewart (aka Sly Stone). This is decent hard-charging mid-'60s soul, with more of a rock influence than most such soul recordings. What keeps this from making that leap from fun to meaningful is that old nuisance that hinders so many albums, from then and from any time: a shortage of high-quality original material. The more serious side of Freeman and Stone does come through on two decent Sly Stewart originals, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (not the same as the famous Bacharach/David composition) and "That Little Old Heartbreaker Me," both of which are solid mid-tempo pop-soul laments. All 12 of the LP's songs are on the Ace CD retrospective of Freeman's Autumn work, also called C'mon and S-W-I-M, which adds 13 bonus cuts from non-LP singles and previously unissued outtakes and alternates. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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