Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by The Five Stairsteps
     
 

Though titled Greatest Hits, this Five Stairsteps CD is "merely" the group's 14 sides, off of seven singles from Curtis Mayfield's Windy C label, all somewhat out of order, opening with their second chart single, "World of Fantasy," and offering their debut, "You Waited to Long," as the closer. In between are a brace of single A- and B-sides, including theSee more details below

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Though titled Greatest Hits, this Five Stairsteps CD is "merely" the group's 14 sides, off of seven singles from Curtis Mayfield's Windy C label, all somewhat out of order, opening with their second chart single, "World of Fantasy," and offering their debut, "You Waited to Long," as the closer. In between are a brace of single A- and B-sides, including the ethereal "Come Back" and the jaunty "Stay Close to Me," and the soaring "The Touch of You," all featuring Clarence Burke Jr.'s silky smooth lead tenor, and their cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby," driven by James Burke's glorious falsetto. The Stairsteps/Mayfield composition "Danger She's a Stranger" is here with its Mayfield-authored B-side, "Behind Curtains" (which makes exquisite use of horns, strings, and bells), thus weaving in another thread in the tapestry of the late soul legend's legacy. The songs here are all strong enough (and it's a ringing testament to the group and to Mayfield as a producer that this is true) to comprise a proper, substantial LP. The quality of the release is fair, dating from early in Collectables' history, when the transfers were done hastily and the CDs frequently had no annotation -- there's none here, either, and the disc could use a fresh transfer (the songs sound fuller, richer, and louder on the Buddha First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps).

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/1990
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431502327
catalogNumber:
5023

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. World of Fantasy  -  Five Stairsteps
  2. Because I Love You  -  Five Stairsteps
  3. Come Back  -  Five Stairsteps
  4. Stay Close to Me  -  Five Stairsteps
  5. The Touch of You  -  Five Stairsteps
  6. We Must Be in Love  -  Five Stairsteps
  7. Danger! She's a Stranger  -  Five Stairsteps
  8. O-o-h Child  -  Five Stairsteps
  9. Behind Curtains  -  Five Stairsteps
  10. Playgirl's Love  -  Five Stairsteps
  11. Ooh Baby Baby  -  Five Stairsteps
  12. Don't Waste Your Time  -  Five Stairsteps
  13. (Baby) Make Me Feel So Good  -  Five Stairsteps
  14. You Waited Too Long  -  Five Stairsteps

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Five Stairsteps   Primary Artist
Keni Burke   Tenor (Vocal)
Clarence Burke   Vocals
James Burke   Tenor (Vocal)
Alohe Jean Burke   Contralto (Vocal)
Cubie Burke   Drums

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Brenda & the Tabulations   Composer
Clarence Burke   Composer
Glenn Danzig   Composer
Stan Vincent   Composer
Clarence Burke   Composer,Choreographer
Billy Davis   Composer
Gregory Fowler   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer

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