Don't Turn Around [Compilation]by Black Ivory
This New York City group attained a strong following in the '70s and were one of the best falsetto-led groups proficient in ballads. This 1993 set compiles tracks from their first two albums, both released in 1972. Unlike the Phil Perry-led Montclairs, who often seemed on the verge of nervous collapse, Black Ivory were a little more poised and polished. Despite the level of skill of Leroy Burgess' falsetto, and the close harmonies of Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson, the group was patently hit or miss. "Don't Turn Around" and "Time Is Love" both exemplify the sweetness and haunting sound of the group. The phenomenal self-pity classic "I'll Find a Way" has the great and funny lyric "I'm the loneliest man in town." Not surprisingly, this has its fair share of duds. Tracks "Wishful Thinking," "Loveland," and "I Keep Asking You Questions" are well sung but faceless. The odd "Our Future" doesn't even feature singing, but "supercool" conversation that was an unfortunate given for most R&B groups in the early '70s. For fans, all of these songs and more are known, but this set also includes something different. The group's best-known song, "You & I," shows up here in a newer version with telltale late-'80s synths. While not as strong as the original, it won't make a fan snap the CD in two. Like many '90s Golden Classics releases, this isn't a greatest-hits collection but rather one of individual album efforts. Regardless what the title is, this is worth picking up.
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Performance CreditsBlack Ivory Primary Artist
Technical CreditsBlack Ivory Composer
Patrick Adams Composer
Leroy Burgess Composer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Stuart Bascombe Composer
Russell Patterson Composer
Stuart Boscombe Composer
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BLACK IVORY WAS A GREAT NEW YORK SOUL GROUP FROM THE 1970'S.JUST LISTEN TO DONT TURN AROUND, YOU AND I,AND I WILL FIND A WAY,AND YOU WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO THEM GOOD OLD HOUSE PARTY'S WHEN GRINDING WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE WAS THE THING TO DO.WE SURE NEED THIS TYPE OF SOUL MUSIC TODAY,WHEN YOU SUNG ABOUT LOVEING THE ONE YOU WAS WITH.THIS CD IS A MUST TO BUY FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE REAL SOUL MUSIC.