Impressed!: 24 Groups Inspired by the Impressions & Curtis Mayfield

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Stars inspire imitation, and you don't have to be a musicologist to be familiar with a lot of songs and artists that have imitated singers and genres like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Motown, Bob Dylan, and so forth. It's not always remembered, though, that some smaller-scale stars also inspired a surprising wealth of, if not exactly imitations, recordings that certainly owed a lot to a definite source. That's the concept behind this intriguing compilation, devoted to a couple dozen songs from the 1960s and early '70s that were blatantly or subtly influenced or inspired by the Impressions. None of the groups on this anthology were huge names, though some -- like the ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Stars inspire imitation, and you don't have to be a musicologist to be familiar with a lot of songs and artists that have imitated singers and genres like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Motown, Bob Dylan, and so forth. It's not always remembered, though, that some smaller-scale stars also inspired a surprising wealth of, if not exactly imitations, recordings that certainly owed a lot to a definite source. That's the concept behind this intriguing compilation, devoted to a couple dozen songs from the 1960s and early '70s that were blatantly or subtly influenced or inspired by the Impressions. None of the groups on this anthology were huge names, though some -- like the Astors, Larks, Detroit Emeralds, Manhattans, and Mad Lads -- had hits and were reasonably popular. Most, though, were no-names on indie labels big and small, creating smooth, group-vocalized soul that approximated the feel of familiar radio hits. What was missing? The vocals of Curtis Mayfield and the like, of course, but more importantly, songs as strong and immediately distinctive as "People Get Ready" or "We're a Winner." Still, if you're a fan of well-organized soul vocals and arrangements that fall on the slicker side of 1960s soul, this material is always competent, and sometimes (though not always) pretty respectable on its own grounds. And different phases of the Impressions are emulated, too: the Astors do a nice 1963 cut in the spirit of early Mayfield-Impressions Latin-tempoed efforts, "Just Enough to Hurt Me," while entries like the Marvellos' "In the Sunshine" are lush late-'60s productions. The Poets, represented by a 1965 single, would eventually evolve into the Main Ingredient. If the compilers had really wanted to be adventurous, they could have licensed a 1960s Jamaican reggae cut or two from the Wailers or others who showed a definite debt to the Impressions. The liner notes are a big plus since most of these groups (and certainly most of these cuts) are barely known. It seems like the 1962 date given for the Brilliants' track, though, has to be wrong: as the liners properly note, it bears similarity to "People Get Ready," a song that wasn't a hit until 1965.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667220521
  • Catalog Number: 205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He'll Be Back - Players (2:45)
  2. 2 What About Me, Baby (2:45)
  3. 3 Just Enough to Hurt Me (2:54)
  4. 4 'Bout My Baby (1:55)
  5. 5 Breaking up Again - Climates (2:41)
  6. 6 In the Sunshine (3:05)
  7. 7 What You Gonna Do (2:21)
  8. 8 I Want My Baby - The Presidents (2:14)
  9. 9 Please Say It Isn't So - Lee Williams & the Cymbals (2:50)
  10. 10 Heavenly Father - The Larks (2:52)
  11. 11 Out of My Life (2:26)
  12. 12 Make This Young Lady Mine - The Mad Lads (2:22)
  13. 13 I've Been Taken for a Ride - The Saints (2:52)
  14. 14 Hey Girl (Where Are You Going) (2:48)
  15. 15 A New Day - The Notations (3:10)
  16. 16 I'm Stuck on You (2:22)
  17. 17 Love You Like You Never Been Loved (2:44)
  18. 18 Too Shy - The Realistics (2:06)
  19. 19 Especially for You Baby - The Four Puzzles (2:11)
  20. 20 I'm Gonna Tell the World (2:34)
  21. 21 Come Home Baby - The Sonics (2:50)
  22. 22 In Love in Vain (2:40)
  23. 23 Sweet Little Girl - The Manhattans (2:39)
  24. 24 Admit Your Love Is Gone (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Larks Track Performer
The Mad Lads Track Performer
The Manhattans Track Performer
The Sonics Track Performer
The Detroit Emeralds Track Performer
Willie Mitchell Conductor
The Notations Track Performer
The Astors Track Performer
Sonny Sanders Conductor
The Presidents Track Performer
The Topics Track Performer
Lee Williams & the Cymbals Track Performer
The Voice Masters Track Performer
The Marvellos Track Performer
The Enjoyables Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lincoln Mayorga Arranger
Jimmy Holiday Producer
Willie Mitchell Arranger
Armen Boladian Executive Producer
Artie Butler Arranger
Calvin Carter Producer
Ed Cobb Producer
Rene Hall Arranger
Riley Hampton Arranger
Syl Johnson Producer
Bernard Mendelson Executive Producer
Floyd Morris Arranger
Knox Phillips Producer
Bob Riley Producer
Sonny Sanders Arranger
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Miles Grayson Arranger
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Peter Burns Sleeve Notes
James "Big Jim" Wright Producer
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain Producer
Bob Bateman Producer
Coe Engineer
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