Title - Definitive Collection 1972-1987 [4CD]
Artist - The Whispers
For those unaware, Robinsongs (via Cherry Red Records UK) bring you a career-defining 4 CD Set of one of the Greatest Soul harmony groups The Whispers.
This Box Set covers their Janus & Solar Records recording career spanning from 1971 through 1987 and includes all their biggest hits, including their two R&B Number 1s And The Beat Goes On and Rock Steady, and their Top 10 R&B Hits One For The Money, Make It With You, (Lets Go) All The Way, Lady, Its A Love Thing, In The Raw, Tonight, Keep On Lovin Me and Contagious.
The Whispers formed in 1963 in Watts, Los Angeles. The Band consisted of twin brothers Walter & Wallace Scotty Scott, Gary Harmon, Marcus Hutson & Nicholas Caldwell.
Gary Harmon left the band and was replaced by Leavell Degree in 1973.
The Whispers also secured two Top 10 Hits in the U.K. and charted another seven tracks that are all featured in this Box Set.
There simply is not a bad track on this incredible 4 CD box set from the veteran R&B quintet with an impressive legacy of R&B hits, trust me on that (so much so, I have now been through these discs twice over, back-to-back-to-back!).
As aforementioned, formed in Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973), The Whispers turned up on the Dore label in 1964 and in 1969 the quintet climbed the soul charts for the first time, and they even cracked the R&B Top Ten the next yea.
They remained hitmakers for the labels Janus, Soul Train, and Solar, with smashes like the solid gold chart-topper And the Beat Goes On (here as a wondrous 12 Inch version) in 1980 and another number one urban contemporary hit, Rock Steady, in 1987.
Indeed, Rock Steady became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100, reaching #7, while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart. Can You Do the Boogie and Out the Box also hit the charts and The Whispers were flying high.
In fact, The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the seventies and eighties.
Furthermore, The Whispers were the first artists featured on the newly formed Soul Train label (co- owned by the TV shows creator and host Don Cornelius and entrepreneur Dick Griffey).
Their vocal style harkens back to a more genteel era of crooning, preferring soft pillow talk and songs that speak to heartfelt emotions. They are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors of twins Walter and Scotty.
Chock full of 63 songs, each one as great, and as highly addictive to listen and sing along to as the next, while everything The Whispers sang most definitely held up as an R&B landmark, of varying degrees, sure, just about everything they produced (and that is included on this box set, inclusive of two bonus Christmas holiday tracks) had an appealing melodic hook.
Add to that excellent, harmonious singing that was sometimes backed by a sharp and lively backing band, leaving no lapses or weaknesses to complain about, The Whispers and their musical output was top notch from start to finish.
In the 1990s, The Whispers joined the Capitol Records family releasing more favorites.
As we now subsequently know, after being their backbone and selling point since the groups inception, twin lead vocalists Walter and Wallace Scott took time out for solo careers in 1993, but remained with the Whispers.
1. YOUR LOVE IS SO DOGGONE GOOD
2. YOU FILL MY LIFE WITH MUSIC
3. CANT HELP BUT LOVE YOU
4. IF YOU
5. A MOTHER FOR MY CHILDREN
6. DONT TAKE YOUR LOVE
7. CRACKEL JACK
9. DOES SHE CARE
10. I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
12. ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
13. WHAT MORE CAN A GIRL ASK
14. YOURE WHATS BEEN MISSING IN MY LIFE
15. ALL I EVER DO IS DREAM ABOUT YOU
16. ONE FOR THE MONEY
17. PUT ME IN THE NEWS
18. SOUNDS LIKE A LOVE SONG
19. IN MY HEART
1. MAKE IT WITH YOU
2. OPEN UP YOUR LOVE
3. YOU NEVER MISS YOUR WATER
4. IN LOVE FOREVER
5. I FELL IN LOVE LAST NIGHT (AT THE DISCO)
7. (OLIVIA) LOST AND TURNED OUT
8. (LETS GO) ALL THE WAY
9. PLANETS OF LIFE
10. TRY AND MAKE IT BETTER
11. HOME MADE LOVIN
12. WHISPER IN YOUR EAR
13. CANT DO WITHOUT LOVE
14. A SONG FOR DONNY
15. MY GIRL
1. AND THE BEAT GOES ON (12 INCH VERSION)
2. CAN YOU DO THE BOOGIE
3. OUT OF THE BOX
4. ITS A LOVE THING
6. SAY YOU (WOULD LOVE FOR ME TO)
7. I CAN MAKE IT BETTER
8. UP ON SOUL TRAIN
9. IN THE RAW
10. TURN ME OUT
12. LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
13. THIS KIND OF LOVIN
14. IM THE ONE FOR YOU
1. KEEP ON LOVIN ME
2. LOVE FOR LOVE
3. TRY IT AGAIN
4. THIS TIME
7. SOME KIND OF LOVER
8. NEVER TOO LATE
9. SPECIAL F/X
10. ROCK STEADY
11. JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME
12. IN THE MOOD
13. FUNKY CHRISTMAS (Bonus Track)
14. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU (Bonus Track)
In 2013 they were presented a lifetime achievement award for their 50 years in the industry, and in 2014 The Whispers were inducted into the official R&B Music Hall Of Fame.
This package also includes comprehensive sleeve notes by Lois Wilson.
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