Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Stylistics" (1971)

"The Stylistics" - The Stylistics (1971)

It wasn't until I got the album home that I saw five guys on the cover. (I only saw three initially.)  Camouflaging the group behind tall grass was a terrible idea.  I mean it was The Stylistics debut album after all.  But I guess it's all about the music anyway and this one doesn't disappoint.  From needle drop to lift, there is nothing but the sounds of sweet Philly soul magic for the ears.  It's Russell Thompkins Jr.'s familiar sweet falsetto timbre you will quickly recognize, but there are great vocals and production all around.  The album had five charting singles, but the songs left off the radio will pleasantly surprise as well.  One of the original Philly Soul rat pack, Thomas Bell, was responsible for all the arrangement and production plus he wrote all but one of the songs.  It's simply a terrific debut album.  I'm discovering I have a bit of a jones for the late 60s, early 70s soul stuff and plan to add more to my pathetically small collection.  This album, in particular, can be found in the low-garden...under $5...and it's really a good one to pick up.
Btw...The Stylistics were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.

"The Stylistics" (back)

AVCO label

"You Are Everything" - The Stylistics / "The Stylistics" (1971)

A1  "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" 2:54
A2  "Point of No Return" 2:45
A3  "Betcha by Golly, Wow" 3:47
A4  "Country Living" 2:57
A5  "You're a Big Girl Now" 3:14
B1  "You Are Everything" 2:55
B2  "People Make the World Go Round" 6:26
B3  "Ebony Eyes" 2:21
B4  "If I Love You" 2:05

Russell Thompkins Jr. - lead vocals
Airrion Love - tenor vocals
Herbert "Herbie" Murrell - baritone vocals
James Dunn - baritone vocals
James Smith - bass vocals

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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