The Best of the Softones

The Best of the Softones

by Softones


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The Best of the Softones

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/1996
Label: Amherst Records
UPC: 0051617442028
catalogNumber: 24420
Rank: 135952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Softones   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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