In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-1977

In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-1977


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The title In Perfect Harmony: Sweet Soul Groups 1968-77 describes this 24-track compilation well enough, though a scan of the songs tells you that this isn't any old soul anthology for the average oldies radio listener. None of these tunes were big hits, and most in fact were quite obscure. It's good second-level lush soul: exquisite harmony singing and production values (even for the numbers licensed from tiny labels), though bereft of the killer melodies and hooks that might have ended up making these records more well-remembered than they are. Since Kent has licensed from many labels, some renowned (Stax, Hi, Wand, Hot Wax) for their soul output, some known only to soul collectors, that at least ensures a good variety of sounds falling within the sweet soul heading. And actually, there are a couple of fairly well-known artists here: the Temprees and, more surprisingly, the Jackson 5, represented by a rare anthology appearance of their pre-Motown 1968 Steeltown 45 "Big Boy," on which Michael Jackson's high preteen singing is most evident, even if the song's nothing special. A few of the other singles were modest R&B charters, including the Smith Connection's "(I've Been a Winner, I've Been a Loser) I've Been in Love," Act One's "Friends or Lovers," the Brothers of Soul's "I Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser," and the Jackson 5-like "You Send Me" by the Ponderosa Twins Plus One. On the whole it's pleasing if unstartling romantic soul with male falsetto vocals aplenty, the most eccentric aspects being a few of the group names (God's Gift to Women, the Silent Majority, the Philadelphia Story) and the LTG Exchange's funk-soul cover of Wings' "My Love." Also, Elvis Costello fans will want to keep an ear out for Teacher's Edition's original 1973 single version of "I Wanna Be Loved," which Costello covered for a small hit U.K. single in 1984.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667221924
catalogNumber: 219
Rank: 81441


  1. Hearts Were Made to Love
  2. Maybe So, Maybe No
  3. Mannish Boy
  4. (I've Been a Winner, I've Been a Loser) I've Been in Love
  5. Friends or Lovers
  6. I've Been Trying @@Reggie Revue Sadler
  7. Baby It's You
  8. The Echo
  9. Please Don't Leave
  10. Love Can Be So Wonderful @@Tempress
  11. Frightened Girl @@Silent Majority
  12. I Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser
  13. I Wanna Be Loved
  14. One Last Memory @@Smallwood Brothers
  15. What Did I Do Wrong?
  16. You Send Me @@Ponderrosa Twin Plus One
  17. If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now
  18. Big Boy
  19. You Make Me Feel Good
  20. What Am I Guilty Of @@New Cymbals
  21. My Love, Pt. 1
  22. Let Your Heart Be the Judge
  23. I Am So Glad I Took My Time
  24. Looking in from the Outside

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bar-Kays   Background Vocals
Bertram Brown   Vocals
Charles Clark   Vocals
Harold Scott   Harmony
Terry Bartlett   Vocals
Richard Knight   Baritone (Vocal)
Lee Toussaint   Vocals
Fred Bridges   Vocals
Deljuan Calvin   Harmony
Johnny Carter   Bass (Vocal)
Jasper "Jabbo" Phillips   Vocals
Michael Smith   Vocals
William Somlin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Edwin Starr   Contributor
Richard Elliot   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
J.J. Barnes   Contributor
Ernie Brooks   Contributor
Mark David   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones   Composer
George Kerr   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Bert Keyes   Contributor
Linda McCartney   Composer
Gene McFadden   Contributor
Lloyd Parks   Contributor
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
John Whitehead   Contributor
Terrell Jones   Composer
Gordon Keith   Composer
B. Williams   Composer
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Composer
Steve Mancha   Contributor
Marvin Willis   Composer
Richard Knight   Composer
John Ridley   Liner Notes
Bobby Harris   Contributor
Buddy Turner   Contributor
Julius Bradley   Composer
Raeford Gerald   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Bellman   Contributor
Gene Allan   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Victor Drayton   Composer,Contributor
Richard Wylie   Composer
Terry Huff   Contributor
Frank Farmer   Contributor
Robert Eaton   Composer,Contributor
Debra Hill   Contributor
Alvin Pelham   Contributor
Alfred Pelham   Contributor
Kirk Gardner   Contributor
Ricky Spicer   Contributor
Allen Beatty   Contributor
James Knight   Contributor
Gary Knight   Composer
Chester Fortune   Contributor
Ronald Little   Contributor
Jesse Mayberry   Contributor
Russell Mayberry   Contributor
Roger Terry   Contributor
Frank Peavey   Contributor
Leroy Reed   Contributor
Reginald Ross   Contributor
Farnell Jenkins   Composer
Larry Roberts   Composer
Reginald Turner   Composer
Mixmaster Michael Smith   Composer
Jerry Akines   Contributor
Allen Jones   Composer
Melvin Davis   Contributor

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