The Best of the Stylistics, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Just a year removed from their incredible run of early-'70s hits for Philly soul producer Thom Bell, the Stylistics began an association with the H&L Hugo & Luigi label that lasted from 1975-1977. While the glory days brought about by smashes like "You Are Everything" and "Betcha By Golly Wow" did not return during the H&L stay, the group did have some success with a few British hits. Part of the reason for the drop-off certainly was due to the almost total absence of Bell's sophisticated, soul-symphonic arrangements. This is made clear by the inclusion of the one Bell production that opens the disc: a rendition of Bacharach/David's "You'll Never Get to Heaven ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Just a year removed from their incredible run of early-'70s hits for Philly soul producer Thom Bell, the Stylistics began an association with the H&L Hugo & Luigi label that lasted from 1975-1977. While the glory days brought about by smashes like "You Are Everything" and "Betcha By Golly Wow" did not return during the H&L stay, the group did have some success with a few British hits. Part of the reason for the drop-off certainly was due to the almost total absence of Bell's sophisticated, soul-symphonic arrangements. This is made clear by the inclusion of the one Bell production that opens the disc: a rendition of Bacharach/David's "You'll Never Get to Heaven If You Break My Heart" that surpasses most of the remaining tracks on the record. This is not to say there aren't other worthwhile cuts here, especially considering the quality of H&L productions like the U.K. chart-toppers "Sing Baby Sing" and "Na-Na Is the Saddest Word," as well as updated Philly-bump charmers like "Sixteen Bars" and "Hey Girl, Come and Get It." Maybe not the group's finest hour, but an essential collection for fans all the same. Incredibly, a comprehensive collection of the Stylistics' fruitful output from the '70s has yet to been released. Until that great day, check out both volumes of the band's hits reissued on the Amherst label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Amherst Records
  • UPC: 051617074526
  • Catalog Number: 20745
  • Sales rank: 85,231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) (3:38)
  2. 2 Hey Girl, Come and Get It (3:30)
  3. 3 Sixteen Bars (3:40)
  4. 4 The Miracle - Russell Thompkins Jr. (4:22)
  5. 5 You Are Beautiful - Russell Thompkins Jr. (4:08)
  6. 6 Sing Baby Sing (2:50)
  7. 7 Star on a TV Show (4:10)
  8. 8 Na Na Is the Saddest Word (2:58)
  9. 9 Thank You Baby - Russell Thompkins Jr. (3:43)
  10. 10 Funky Weekend (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Stylistics Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Van McCoy Conductor
Thom Bell Conductor
Airrion Love Track Performer
Russell Thompkins Jr. Track Performer
Technical Credits
Van McCoy Arranger
Hugo & Luigi Producer
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Bill Perry Producer
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