Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

by The Dramatics
     
 

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The Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchySee more details below

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The Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchy horn arrangement and some of the best fuzztone guitar heard on a hit record since the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." The Afro-Cuban-flavored "Get Up and Get Down" followed it into the R&B Top 20, and the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album followed them both. It was the third hit off of the album, "In the Rain," a delicate ballad that was issued separately as a single in early 1972, topping the R&B charts and reaching number five on the pop charts, that solidified the group's reputation and elevated them to the front rank of '70s soul acts. The album showcased the group equally well doing uptempo dance numbers ("Mary Don't Cha Wanna") and ballads ("Thank You for Your Love," "Fall in Love, Lady Love"), melding very attractive vocals to arrangements that instantly grabbed the listener, all of it pulled together by songwriter/producer Tony Hester. Even the lesser material, such as "Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)" -- on which Hester knew that one-minute-and-34-seconds was all that was needed to make its point -- were so attractive and rousing that they easily carried their portion of the album, whose short running time was its only flaw. All of the members, from Willie Ford's powerful bass to Ron Banks' airy falsetto, were presented to best advantage, but none more so than William "Wee Gee" Howard's lead vocals; ironically, this would be Howard's only completed album with the group, and their only album for two years to come because of the accompanying personnel problems. Still, it's a match for any soul album of its era. [In 2001, the album was reissued with the addition of all of 1973's album A Dramatic Experience.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072331761
catalogNumber:
33176
Rank:
28117

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dramatics   Primary Artist
L.J. Reynolds   Group Member
Ron Banks   Group Member
Willie Ford   Group Member
Lenny Mayes   Group Member
William "Wee Gee" Howard   Group Member
Elbert Wilken   Group Member
Larry "Squirrel" Demps   Group Member

Technical Credits

Johnny Allen   Arranger
Don Davis   Engineer
Tony Hester   Composer,Producer
Don Horne   Engineer
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Richard Ross   Composer
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
David Krieger   Art Direction
Chris Clough   Reissue Producer
Dean Mounts   Engineer

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