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United We Stand [RPM]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tony Hiller assembled Brotherhood of Man as his own spin on the 5th Dimension, or perhaps the Southern California soft pop of Roger Nichols. Either way, Hiller's Brotherhood of Man -- a coed group of professional singers top-lined by studio pro Tony Burrows later a singer with the First Class, among many other studio-bound bubblegum sensations and Sue & Sunny, a pair who had a single prior to this group, backed by anonymous Brit session men -- are a prime example of how peace and love were turned into MOR fodder at the turn of '60s, and not necessarily in an unpleasant way. With all these layered harmonies, sweetly trilling strings, and soft insistent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tony Hiller assembled Brotherhood of Man as his own spin on the 5th Dimension, or perhaps the Southern California soft pop of Roger Nichols. Either way, Hiller's Brotherhood of Man -- a coed group of professional singers top-lined by studio pro Tony Burrows later a singer with the First Class, among many other studio-bound bubblegum sensations and Sue & Sunny, a pair who had a single prior to this group, backed by anonymous Brit session men -- are a prime example of how peace and love were turned into MOR fodder at the turn of '60s, and not necessarily in an unpleasant way. With all these layered harmonies, sweetly trilling strings, and soft insistent melodies, United We Stand is the furthest thing from unpleasant, even if there is a heavier than expected quotient of fuzz guitars that give this a swinging mod sheen lacking from some of the squarer SoCal sounds. Not that United We Stand is hip -- looking back, it seems impossible that anyone above 12 or under 30 was sucked into this -- but it does unwittingly capture its time with its fuzz tones, paisley harmonies, and songs about singing in the sunshine as you love one another in the land of love. Yes, the songs on United We Stand are that cheerfully over the top, sometimes seeming like latter-day parodies of hippie homogenization, but the chief attributes of the record are Hiller's lush production and happily commercial melodies, which really do help make this a prime piece of pop archeology. That's not the same thing as making the album good, but this is a rare album from a studio-crafted one-hit wonder where the album tracks actually follow through effectively on the sound of the hit. The 2008 RPM reissue offers even more soft pop hits, as it adds 13 bonus tracks to the original 11-track album. All these are singles that followed the release of the LP, including the six songs issued as Sue & Sunny singles and the B-side to "Sing in the Sunshine." By and large this material isn't as hippy-dippy as the United We Stand LP, as it dips into very very soft MOR pop, cleaned-up Gamble & Huff, and bubblegum. Sometimes the Sue & Sunny material gets a bit too syrupy, but there are some excellent trashy treasures here, including the blaring cinematic "Reach Out Your Hand," Sue & Sunny's bouncy bubble-soul single "Freedom," and the dreamy "California Sunday Morning," which occupies that vast uncharted territory between Glen Campbell and the Jackson 5.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Rpm-Retro
  • EAN: 5013929598263
  • Catalog Number: 826
  • Sales rank: 149,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is a Good Foundation (2:49)
  2. 2 Say a Prayer (3:11)
  3. 3 A Little Bit of Heaven (2:35)
  4. 4 For the Rest of Our Lives (3:09)
  5. 5 Sing in the Sunshine (2:07)
  6. 6 Where Are You Going to My Love (3:20)
  7. 7 For Old Times Sake (3:00)
  8. 8 Living in the Land of Love (3:19)
  9. 9 Too Many Heartaches (3:22)
  10. 10 Love One Another (3:41)
  11. 11 United We Stand (2:52)
  12. 12 This Boy (2:52)
  13. 13 You Can Depend on Me (2:38)
  14. 14 Ain't That Tellin' You People - Sue & Sunny (2:44)
  15. 15 Didn't I Blow Your Mind - Sue & Sunny (3:05)
  16. 16 Reach out Your Hand (3:19)
  17. 17 A Better Tomorrow (2:44)
  18. 18 Freedom - Sue & Sunny (3:01)
  19. 19 Break Up - Sue & Sunny (2:42)
  20. 20 You and I (2:54)
  21. 21 California Sunday Morning (3:23)
  22. 22 Do Your Thing (2:33)
  23. 23 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Sue & Sunny (3:09)
  24. 24 High on the Thought of You - Sue & Sunny (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brotherhood of Man Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jerry Ross Composer
Hal Atkinson Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Wayne Bickerton Composer
Tony Burrows Composer
Billy Day Composer
Colin Fretcher Music Direction
Kenny Gamble Composer
John Goodison Composer
Tony Hiller Composer, Producer
Mike Leslie Composer
Geoff Morrow Composer
Cy Payne Music Direction
Tony Waddington Composer
Keith Mansfield Music Direction
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Mark Stratford Producer
Peter Simons Composer
Michael Robson Producer, Liner Notes, Images
James Murphy Composer
Terry Johnson Engineer
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