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Impressed!: 24 Groups Inspired by the Impressions & Curtis Mayfield
     

Impressed!: 24 Groups Inspired by the Impressions & Curtis Mayfield

 
Stars inspire imitation, and you don't have to be a musicologist to be familiar with a lot of songs and artists that have imitated singers and genres like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Motown, Bob Dylan, and so forth. It's not always remembered, though, that some smaller-scale stars also inspired a surprising wealth of, if not exactly imitations, recordings that

Overview

Stars inspire imitation, and you don't have to be a musicologist to be familiar with a lot of songs and artists that have imitated singers and genres like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Motown, Bob Dylan, and so forth. It's not always remembered, though, that some smaller-scale stars also inspired a surprising wealth of, if not exactly imitations, recordings that certainly owed a lot to a definite source. That's the concept behind this intriguing compilation, devoted to a couple dozen songs from the 1960s and early '70s that were blatantly or subtly influenced or inspired by the Impressions. None of the groups on this anthology were huge names, though some -- like the Astors, Larks, Detroit Emeralds, Manhattans, and Mad Lads -- had hits and were reasonably popular. Most, though, were no-names on indie labels big and small, creating smooth, group-vocalized soul that approximated the feel of familiar radio hits. What was missing? The vocals of Curtis Mayfield and the like, of course, but more importantly, songs as strong and immediately distinctive as "People Get Ready" or "We're a Winner." Still, if you're a fan of well-organized soul vocals and arrangements that fall on the slicker side of 1960s soul, this material is always competent, and sometimes (though not always) pretty respectable on its own grounds. And different phases of the Impressions are emulated, too: the Astors do a nice 1963 cut in the spirit of early Mayfield-Impressions Latin-tempoed efforts, "Just Enough to Hurt Me," while entries like the Marvellos' "In the Sunshine" are lush late-'60s productions. The Poets, represented by a 1965 single, would eventually evolve into the Main Ingredient. If the compilers had really wanted to be adventurous, they could have licensed a 1960s Jamaican reggae cut or two from the Wailers or others who showed a definite debt to the Impressions. The liner notes are a big plus since most of these groups (and certainly most of these cuts) are barely known. It seems like the 1962 date given for the Brilliants' track, though, has to be wrong: as the liners properly note, it bears similarity to "People Get Ready," a song that wasn't a hit until 1965.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667220521
catalogNumber:
205
Rank:
108952

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larks   Track Performer
Mad Lads   Track Performer
Manhattans   Track Performer
Sonics   Track Performer
Detroit Emeralds   Track Performer
Willie Mitchell   Conductor
Notations   Track Performer
Astors   Track Performer
Sonny Sanders   Conductor
Presidents   Track Performer
Topics   Track Performer
Lee Williams & the Cymbals   Track Performer
Voice Masters   Track Performer
Marvellos   Track Performer
Enjoyables   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lincoln Mayorga   Arranger
Jimmy Holiday   Producer
Willie Mitchell   Arranger
Armen Boladian   Executive Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Calvin Carter   Producer
Ed Cobb   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Syl Johnson   Producer
Bernard Mendelson   Executive Producer
Floyd Morris   Arranger
Knox Phillips   Producer
Bob Riley   Producer
Sonny Sanders   Arranger
Al Jackson   Producer
Miles Grayson   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Peter Burns   Sleeve Notes
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain   Producer
Bob Bateman   Producer
Coe   Engineer

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