Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by The S.O.S. Band
     
 
2004's Greatest Hits easily tops 1995's The Best of the S.O.S. Band with a smarter and lengthier track listing. The newer compilation does, however, leave out three cuts included on its predecessor -- namely "Even When You Sleep," "No One's Gonna Love You," and "What's Wrong With Our Love Affair?" These omissions are a little puzzling, but the advantages

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2004's Greatest Hits easily tops 1995's The Best of the S.O.S. Band with a smarter and lengthier track listing. The newer compilation does, however, leave out three cuts included on its predecessor -- namely "Even When You Sleep," "No One's Gonna Love You," and "What's Wrong With Our Love Affair?" These omissions are a little puzzling, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. In addition to featuring the other seven numbers that were on The Best of the S.O.S. Band, Greatest Hits adds significant draws like "S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)," "Love Won't Wait for Love," and the Jam & Lewis-helmed "Just the Way You Like It." The bounty of material penned, produced, and partly performed by Jam & Lewis does illustrate how the duo occasionally resorted to reheating some of their familiar motifs -- but don't ever forget that they could outlap just about everybody during this era, even when coasting on fumes. Crammed to capacity at just over 79 minutes in duration (some tracks are wisely provided in their extended 12" mixes), Greatest Hits ties up almost everything you could want from one of the slickest and best R&B groups of the early '80s. Scattered inclusions on various-artist compilations won't do the trick; you need almost each selection here.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724359744926
catalogNumber:
97449

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

S.O.S. Band   Primary Artist
Mary Davis   Vocals
Jason Bryant   Keyboards,Vocals
Abdul Ra'oof   Vocals
Bruno Speight   Guitar
James Earl Jones   Drums
Sonny Killebrew   Saxophone
Billy Ellis   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Ian Lewis   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
S.O.S. Band   Composer
Sigidi   Composer,Producer
Ricky Sylvers   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Gene Dozier   Producer,Audio Production
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Clarence Avant   Executive Producer
Harold Clayton   Composer
Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction

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It takes a mighty force to be able to withstand the “Sands of Time”. The SOS Band has been able to do this by staying true to the craft of musicianship. Year after year and hit after hit, some reaching as far as the 2 million mark, this groups’ “Sounds Of Success” has proven to be a staple not only within the industry, but also with the fans. This bands 20+ years of accomplishments and musical celebrations is being savored by The Right Stuff Records in the new compilation, most appropriately title, “Greatest Hits”, which is due to drop on August 24th. I caught up with Abdul Ra’oof, one of the lead singers to talk about what this new project means to the group, in terms of accomplishments. “It’s great!” he said. “We have been around for a long time and we’ve been able to accomplish what a lot of groups weren’t able to do. A project like this is a reward for making contributions that we really didn’t even know we were making. We were just doing what felt good and what we loved.” That love is evident when you listen to hits such as Take Your Time (Do it Right), Weekend Girl, Finest, Just Be Good To Me and my all time favorite, High Hopes. Mary Davis, James Earl Jones III, Jason Bryant, Billy Ellis, Sonny Killebrew, John Simpson, Bruno Speight and Abdul Ra’oof collectively made magic over the years that the band recorded together. Since their initial disbandment in 1989, Abdul, Mary & Jason decided to come together to carry the SOS torch by touring within the US as well as abroad. “We are so appreciative of our fan base.” Abdul explained. “It’s really something to do shows and have the fans right there singing along with us. We go over to Europe or Japan and it’s the same thing. Just Love.” What is there not to appreciate about the SOS Band? Great talent they possess. Hot songs they emit and best of all, they are headed back into the studio to create all of that wonderfulness all over again. The band has been approached by a couple of labels and there’s even some talk of a SOS Band, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle tour. Talk about a dream come true! I asked Abdul if there were any plans for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to work with them on their new project. For those of you that don’t know, Jam & Lewis took production over the group on their fourth album, On The Rise. This album spawned Just Be Good To Me which went to #2 and Tell Me If You Still Care which went to #five. “It would be great to work with Jam and Lewis again.” Abdul shared. “Since the last time we collaborated, they have moved their company to the West Coast. Collaborating and holding on to that formula that got us to this point would be cool.” Top 10 Albums, number one singles, awards, accolades, life long fans and plans to reinvent all of that over again. The SOS Band has accomplished that and a lot more. It’s that kind of staying power that most bands can only dream of having in a lifetime. Not only did the SOS Band dream it, they made it our reality. Celebrate the legacy and contributions of the SOS Band by picking up “Greatest Hits” and by catching one of their live shows in a city near you.