The Best of the Softones

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The easy harmony sounds of Baltimore's Softones -- Marvin Brown, Steve Jackson, Elton Lynch, and Byron Summerville -- enjoyed limited popularity in the States, rarely ranging beyond the boundaries of the East Coast. Under Hugo & Luigi guidance, they scored with a fancy reworking of "That Old Black Magic" on H & L Records, but got labeled as remake artists and Hugo & Luigi studio puppets -- the producers/writers who stifled the Stylistics' record sales in the States. The Softones were forced to sing bad material, period! The Best of the Softones features one live cut, "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine," recorded in Japan, and 16 studio productions. They shine on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The easy harmony sounds of Baltimore's Softones -- Marvin Brown, Steve Jackson, Elton Lynch, and Byron Summerville -- enjoyed limited popularity in the States, rarely ranging beyond the boundaries of the East Coast. Under Hugo & Luigi guidance, they scored with a fancy reworking of "That Old Black Magic" on H & L Records, but got labeled as remake artists and Hugo & Luigi studio puppets -- the producers/writers who stifled the Stylistics' record sales in the States. The Softones were forced to sing bad material, period! The Best of the Softones features one live cut, "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine," recorded in Japan, and 16 studio productions. They shine on the wistful "My Dream," written by lead singer Brown, whose bell-clear falsetto floats like a bar of Ivory on the lush ballad. There is more slow magic, including "I'm Gonna Prove It," "Hey There Lonely Girl," and "Silly Billy," a rare Ohio Players tune, but four insipid, campy compositions by Hugo & Luigi render this unplayable unless programmed first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1996
  • Label: Amherst Records
  • UPC: 051617442028
  • Catalog Number: 24420
  • Sales rank: 57,380

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Softones Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Elton Lynch Vocals
Byron Summerville Vocals
Marvin Brown Vocals
Steve Jackson Vocals
Technical Credits
Van McCoy Arranger
Hugo & Luigi Producer
Patrick Adams Arranger
Charles Armstrong Arranger
Luigi Creatore Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Horace Ott Arranger
George David Weiss Composer
Landy McNeal Arranger, Producer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Chris Burleigh Graphic Design
John Lampkin Arranger
Edward Whitehead Arranger
Roy Norman Arranger, Producer
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