Collectables Classics [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
First recorded by Frank Zappa, the Persuasions almost single-handedly kept the concept of a cappella group singing alive in the pop world in the '70s and their recorded work was never less than delightful as they stripped classic pop, gospel and soul songs down to their vocal roots and then built them back up into little doo wop symphonies. This four-disc, 41-track box from Collectables Records brings together the group's three early-'70s albums for Capitol Records -- 1971's We Came to Play and 1972's Street Corner Symphony and Spread the Word -- along with 1977's Chirpin' from Elektra Records, to make a decent introduction to the Persuasions early output. With nary an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
First recorded by Frank Zappa, the Persuasions almost single-handedly kept the concept of a cappella group singing alive in the pop world in the '70s and their recorded work was never less than delightful as they stripped classic pop, gospel and soul songs down to their vocal roots and then built them back up into little doo wop symphonies. This four-disc, 41-track box from Collectables Records brings together the group's three early-'70s albums for Capitol Records -- 1971's We Came to Play and 1972's Street Corner Symphony and Spread the Word -- along with 1977's Chirpin' from Elektra Records, to make a decent introduction to the Persuasions early output. With nary an instrument in sight, the Persuasions present joyously reconstructed vocal arrangements of songs as diverse as Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" and the Rivingtons' "Papa Oom Mow Mow," transforming each into the Persuasions' a cappella universe in intriguing ways. "Tempts Jam," a medley of various Temptations hits, is not to be missed. The heavy black box packaging might be overkill here, since all Collectables has done is reissue these four albums straight-up with no bonus or added material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431041628
  • Catalog Number: 416
  • Sales rank: 283,246

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Persuasions Primary Artist
Les Carter Voices
Jimmy Hayes Bass, Group Member
Jerry Lawson Vocals, Lead, Group Member
Herbert Rhoad Baritone, Group Member
Joseph Russell Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Jayotis Washington Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Jesse Russell Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
C.J. Johnson Composer
Bill Cuomo Composer
David Dashev Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Terry Dunavan Mastering
Michael Getlin Engineer
Jimmy Hayes Director
Charles Johnson Composer
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer
Stan R. Krause Producer, Vocal Coach
Jerry Lawson Arranger
Eric Malamud Producer, Engineer, Contributor
David Palmer Engineer
Billy Ward Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Buzz Richmond Engineer
Jesse Russell Contributor
Mark Marymont Liner Notes
Leroy Fann Composer
Richard Penniman Author
Tony Lane Art Direction
Skip Jackson Advisor
Rod Dyer Cover Design
Ed Sepanski Engineer
Carl Tancredi Liner Notes
Albert Hay Malotte Composer
Bobby Ray Appleberry Composer
Joe Bethancourt Composer
Richard Reicheg Composer
Marshall Paul Composer
Eugene Mumford Composer
Elliot Sheiner Engineer
David Doshev Liner Notes
John Hoernie Art Direction
John Hoernte Art Direction
Gary Meyer Cover Painting
Don Zubalsky Illustrations
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