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In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-1977

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The title In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-77 describes this 24-track compilation well enough, though a scan of the songs tells you that this isn't any old soul anthology for the average oldies radio listener. None of these tunes were big hits, and most in fact were quite obscure. It's good second-level lush soul: exquisite harmony singing and production values even for the numbers licensed from tiny labels, though bereft of the killer melodies and hooks that might have ended up making these records more well-remembered than they are. Since Kent has licensed from many labels, some renowned Stax, Hi, Wand, Hot Wax for their soul output, some known only to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The title In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-77 describes this 24-track compilation well enough, though a scan of the songs tells you that this isn't any old soul anthology for the average oldies radio listener. None of these tunes were big hits, and most in fact were quite obscure. It's good second-level lush soul: exquisite harmony singing and production values even for the numbers licensed from tiny labels, though bereft of the killer melodies and hooks that might have ended up making these records more well-remembered than they are. Since Kent has licensed from many labels, some renowned Stax, Hi, Wand, Hot Wax for their soul output, some known only to soul collectors, that at least ensures a good variety of sounds falling within the sweet soul heading. And actually, there are a couple of fairly well-known artists here: the Temprees and, more surprisingly, the Jackson 5, represented by a rare anthology appearance of their pre-Motown 1968 Steeltown 45 "Big Boy," on which Michael Jackson's high preteen singing is most evident, even if the song's nothing special. A few of the other singles were modest R&B charters, including the Smith Connection's "I've Been a Winner, I've Been a Loser I've Been in Love," Act One's "Friends or Lovers," the Brothers of Soul's "I Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser," and the Jackson 5-like "You Send Me" by the Ponderosa Twins Plus One. On the whole it's pleasing if unstartling romantic soul with male falsetto vocals aplenty, the most eccentric aspects being a few of the group names God's Gift to Women, the Silent Majority, the Philadelphia Story and the LTG Exchange's funk-soul cover of Wings' "My Love." Also, Elvis Costello fans will want to keep an ear out for Teacher's Edition's original 1973 single version of "I Wanna Be Loved," which Costello covered for a small hit U.K. single in 1984.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667221924
  • Catalog Number: 219
  • Sales rank: 118,053

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hearts Were Made to Love - The Pretenders (3:24)
  2. 2 Maybe So, Maybe No - New Holidays (3:05)
  3. 3 Mannish Boy - The Newcomers (2:51)
  4. 4 (I've Been a Winner, I've Been a Loser) I've Been in Love - The Smith Connection (3:30)
  5. 5 Friends or Lovers - Act One (3:20)
  6. 6 I've Been Trying @@Reggie Revue Sadler (2:49)
  7. 7 Baby It's You - The Masqueraders (3:33)
  8. 8 The Echo - The Epsilons (2:39)
  9. 9 Please Don't Leave - Tuxedo (2:35)
  10. 10 Love Can Be So Wonderful @@Tempress (4:22)
  11. 11 Frightened Girl @@Silent Majority (2:18)
  12. 12 I Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser - Brothers of Soul (2:52)
  13. 13 I Wanna Be Loved - Teacher's Edition (3:07)
  14. 14 One Last Memory @@Smallwood Brothers (2:45)
  15. 15 What Did I Do Wrong? - The Mayberry Movement (2:57)
  16. 16 You Send Me @@Ponderrosa Twin Plus One (3:18)
  17. 17 If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now - Philadelphia Story (3:48)
  18. 18 Big Boy - The Jackson 5 (2:57)
  19. 19 You Make Me Feel Good - Equations of Eternity (2:14)
  20. 20 What Am I Guilty Of @@New Cymbals (3:18)
  21. 21 My Love, Pt. 1 - LTG Exchange (4:25)
  22. 22 Let Your Heart Be the Judge - Gods Gift To Women (3:03)
  23. 23 I Am So Glad I Took My Time - The Floaters (5:20)
  24. 24 Looking in from the Outside - The El Dorados (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bar-Kays Background Vocals
Bertram Brown Vocals
Charles Clark Vocals
Harold Scott Harmony
Terry Bartlett Vocals
Richard Knight Baritone (Vocal)
Lee Toussaint Vocals
Fred Bridges Vocals
Deljuan Calvin Harmony
Johnny Carter Bass (Vocal)
Jasper "Jabbo" Phillips Vocals
Michael Smith Vocals
William Somlin Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Edwin Starr Contributor
Richard Elliot Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Van McCoy Composer
J.J. Barnes Contributor
Ernie Brooks Contributor
Mark David Composer
Ronald Dunbar Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
George Kerr String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Bert Keyes Contributor
Linda McCartney Composer
Gene McFadden Contributor
Lloyd Parks Contributor
Sylvia Robinson Composer
John Whitehead Contributor
Terrell Jones Composer
Gordon Keith Composer
B. Williams Composer
Edward "Sonny" Bivins Composer
Steve Mancha Contributor
Marvin Willis Composer
Richard Knight Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
John Ridley Liner Notes
Bobby Harris Contributor
Buddy Turner Contributor
Julius Bradley Composer
Raeford Gerald Arranger, Composer, Producer
Johnny Bellman Contributor
Jerry Akins Contributor
Gene Allan Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Victor Drayton Composer, Contributor
Richard Wylie Composer
Terry Huff Contributor
Frank Farmer Contributor
Robert Eaton Composer, Contributor
Debra Hill Contributor
Alvin Pelham Contributor
Alfred Pelham Contributor
Kirk Gardner Contributor
Ricky Spicer Contributor
Allen Beatty Contributor
James Knight Contributor
Gary Knight Composer
Chester Fortune Contributor
Ronald Little Contributor
Jesse Mayberry Contributor
Russell Mayberry Contributor
Roger Terry Contributor
Frank Peavey Contributor
Leroy Reed Contributor
Reginald Ross Contributor
Farnell Jenkins Composer
Larry Roberts Composer
Reginald Turner Composer
Mixmaster Michael Smith Composer
Allen Jones Composer
Melvin Davis Contributor
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