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Soul in Harmony: Vocal Groups 1967-1977
     

Soul in Harmony: Vocal Groups 1967-1977

 

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Kent/Ace revive their Harmony soul series with 2013's Soul in Harmony: Vocal Groups 1965-1977, a 24-track collection of little-heard soul from the golden age of harmony groups (six of the tracks are unreleased). Strictly speaking, this collection runs to 1979, not 1977 (that's the date the

Overview

Kent/Ace revive their Harmony soul series with 2013's Soul in Harmony: Vocal Groups 1965-1977, a 24-track collection of little-heard soul from the golden age of harmony groups (six of the tracks are unreleased). Strictly speaking, this collection runs to 1979, not 1977 (that's the date the shimmering "Baby (There's Nothing That You Can Do)" by the Joneses showed up on Spring, and there's a 1984 version of "Once Again" by Nightchill included for licensing reasons), and most of the cuts were recorded somewhere between 1968 and 1971 -- just after the rise of the Impressions and Motown and just before the dominance of Philadelphia International. Appropriately, this music is pitched somewhere between these eras, sometimes riding an effervescent groove but often sounding luxuriously dreamy in its rich harmonies. Often, the sound is more familiar than the names -- the Dramatics, the Pretenders, and the Mad Lads are arguably the most recognizable names here, but there are echoes of the Stylistics, the Impressions, and the Miracles here (the Magnificent 7 cover the latter's "Ooh Baby Baby") -- but there's much to be enjoyed in this, not just because it's comforting to hear this timeless sound performed well, but there are quirks and idiosyncrasies in the group interplay worth cherishing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2013
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667240925
catalogNumber:
6724092
Rank:
44334

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bert Keyes   Conductor
Leon Mitchell   Conductor

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Frederick Knight   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Dave Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Roger Armstrong   Memorabilia
Charles "Packy" Axton   Producer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
David Blake   Photo Courtesy
Curtis Colbert   Composer
Don Davis   Producer
Sam Dees   Composer,Producer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Glenn Dorsey   Composer
Bobby Eaton   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Andrew Love   Composer
Robert McGlothlin   Producer
Charles Smith   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
James Greene   Composer
Cecil Jones   Producer
William Robinson   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Richard Knight   Composer
Kenneth Ruffin   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer,Producer
Fred Bridges   Composer
John Kelly   Composer,Producer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Joe Evans   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Leon Mitchell   Arranger
James Carmichael   Arranger
Shelley Haims   Producer
Fred Williams   Composer
O.B. Massingill   Arranger
Warren Moore   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Ray Allen   Producer
Bob Calilli   Composer,Producer
Bob Abrahamian   Memorabilia
Allen Jones   Composer
Dexter Dixon   Composer
Graham Finch   Photo Courtesy
Richard Shann   Composer
Dave Polk   Producer
Charles Webb   Composer
Winfred Lovett   Composer
Ed Mobley   Composer
David A. Blake   Composer
Dave Meikel   Photo Courtesy
Paul Peoples   Composer
Neville Griffith   Memorabilia
Nathaniel Jarman   Composer
Lucky Valentine   Additional Production
Karla Nardi   Photo Courtesy
Irvin Howard   Composer,Producer
Howie Cohen   Producer
Hank Graham   Producer
Woody Price   Composer
Warren Foster   Composer
Tony Nardi   Photo Courtesy
Simon Barbee   Composer,Producer
Rod Bedenbaugh   Arranger
Robert Alverez   Composer

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