Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Adrian Younge conceived "Turn Down the Sound," one of the highlights from Venice Dawn's Something About April, as an imagined RZA-produced '60s Delfonics cut. Shortly after the release of that cinematic, psychedelic soul masterpiece, a fan put Younge in touch with the Delfonics' William Hart. The meeting led to this, the best Delfonics album since 1970. It follows four decades of sporadic new recordings, scads of dodgy re-recordings, and multiple performing versions of the group. Hart is the lone Delfonic here, but he has been a driving creative force and lead voice since its inception. The lyrics for eight of the songs were written by him alone. The remainder was composed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Adrian Younge conceived "Turn Down the Sound," one of the highlights from Venice Dawn's Something About April, as an imagined RZA-produced '60s Delfonics cut. Shortly after the release of that cinematic, psychedelic soul masterpiece, a fan put Younge in touch with the Delfonics' William Hart. The meeting led to this, the best Delfonics album since 1970. It follows four decades of sporadic new recordings, scads of dodgy re-recordings, and multiple performing versions of the group. Hart is the lone Delfonic here, but he has been a driving creative force and lead voice since its inception. The lyrics for eight of the songs were written by him alone. The remainder was composed with Younge, who arranged and produced and handled the majority of the instrumentation -- including but not limited to the bass, drums, electric guitar, electric sitar, vibraphones, glockenspiel, timpani, cello, Fender Rhodes, and his own Mellotron-like Selene -- with some support from Venice Dawn. That includes the softly sighing Saudia Mills (the cover star) and the gutsy yet refined Loren Oden (who shares the lead on "To Be Your One") in background vocalist roles. Those who know Something About April won't be taken aback by the halting sound and high quality of this set. While neither as dark nor as wild, Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics still has some of that spookiness, evoking late-'60s sweet soul -- and, on "I Can't Cry No More," mid-'50s doo wop -- with a European film composer's knack for soul-inspired suspense and an emphasis on deeply resonant drum breaks ripe for sampling. Considering that Hart is approaching his 70th year, it's remarkable that his falsetto remains so powerful and penetratingly bittersweet. The lyrics are expressed with a degree of relatable passion and dejection that is rare among singers less than half Hart's age. Beside Younge, he has reinvented the Delfonics in a way that can reach across generations. Word to City of Carson bail bondsman Max Cherry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • Label: Wax Poetics
  • UPC: 795550002122
  • Catalog Number: 212
  • Sales rank: 67,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)
  2. 2 Lost Without You (3:02)
  3. 3 True Love (2:54)
  4. 4 Silently (2:37)
  5. 5 Enemies (1:58)
  6. 6 To Be Your One (3:02)
  7. 7 Stand Up (2:48)
  8. 8 Just Love (2:12)
  9. 9 So in Love With You (1:34)
  10. 10 I Can't Cry No More (3:11)
  11. 11 Lover's Melody (2:38)
  12. 12 Party's Over (3:05)
  13. 13 Life Never Ends (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Delfonics Primary Artist
Jack Waterson Electric Guitar
Darren Lee Vocals, Background Vocals
Om'Mas Keith Background Vocals
Adrian Younge Flute, Piano, Electric Bass, Cello, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Harpsichord, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bells, Timpani, Vibes, Electric Sitar, fender rhodes, Fuzz Guitar, Bell-tree, Piano (Upright), Hammond B3
Todd Simon Trumpet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Muted Trumpet
William Hart Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Henderson Percussion, Drums
Saudia Mills Vocals, Background Vocals
Loren Oden Vocals, Background Vocals
Dasjuan Rose Background Vocals
C.E. Garcia Guitar (Tremolo)
Jack Henderson Drums
Hannah Blummenfeld Violin, Cello
Alfredo Fratti Flute
Technical Credits
Dave Cooley Mastering
Adrian Younge Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Todd Simon Horn Arrangements
Brian DiGenti Executive Producer
Andre Torres Executive Producer
William Hart Composer, Lyricist
Dennis Coxen Executive Producer
Elvis Mangione Liner Notes
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