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The 8th Day & I've Gotta Get Home [CD]

8th Day Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B002KFZJRW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. She's Not Just Another Woman [album mix]
2. You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)
3. Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)
4. La-De-Dah
5. Eeny-Meeny
6. Miny-Mo (Three's A Crowd)
7. Just As Long
8. I Can't Fool Myself
9. I'm Worried
10. I've Come To Save You
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Gotta Get Home (I Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely)
2. Cheba
3. Good Book
4. Anything
5. Rocks In My Head
6. Faith
7. Get Your Mind Straight
8. Heaven Is
9. There To Guide Us
10. You Made Me Over Bonus tracks:
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I've Got A Story To Tell You..." 15 Nov 2009
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After the song-writing partnership of Holland-Dozier-Holland (Edward-Lamont-Brian) left Motown in the late Sixties, they set up the INVICTUS and HOT WAX labels in the States featuring hot new soul acts like Chairman Of The Board, Freda Payne, Parliament, The Honey Cone, Ruth Copeland, Laura Lee etc.

Part of a slew of UK releases covering all those acts and both of those labels (see list below), Edsel ESCD 2068 is a superbly presented anthology of that other H-D-H creation - THE 8th DAY (fronted by the fantastically expressive vocals of Melvin Davis). This UK September 2009 remastered 2CD set gathers up both of their rare early Seventies albums, non-album single sides and other related tracks.

It breaks down as follows...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I've Got A Story To Tell You..." 15 Nov 2009
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the song-writing partnership of Holland-Dozier-Holland (Edward-Lamont-Brian) left Motown in the late Sixties, they set up the INVICTUS and HOT WAX labels in the States featuring hot new soul acts like Chairman Of The Board, Freda Payne, Parliament, The Honey Cone, Ruth Copeland, Laura Lee etc.

Part of a slew of UK releases covering all those acts and both of those labels (see list below), Edsel ESCD 2068 is a superbly presented anthology of that other H-D-H creation - THE 8th DAY (fronted by the fantastically expressive vocals of Melvin Davis). This UK September 2009 remastered 2CD import gathers up both of their rare early Seventies albums, non-album single sides and other related tracks.

It breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (48:26 minutes)
Tracks 1 to 9 is their debut US album "The 8th Day", April 1971 on Invictus ST 7306
Tracks 10 is "She's Not Just Another Woman", April 1971 USA 7" single mix on Invictus IS 9087 (it's B-side is the album track "I Can't Fool Myself" - Track 7)
Track 11 is "Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Instrumental)" - it turns up re-titled as "Get Your House In Order" which was issued in 1974 as the instrumental B-side to "Sittin' On A Time Bomb (Waitin' For The Hurt To Come)" by LEE CHARLES on Invictus ZS7 1260 (both tracks were non-album)
Tracks 12 and 13 are "If I Could See The Light In The Window" and "If I Could See The Light In The Window (Instrumental)", the non-album A & B of their 3rd US 7" single released December 1971 on Invictus IS 9107

Disc 2 (50:36 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 is their 2nd US album "I Gotta Get Home (I Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely)", April 1972 on Invictus ST 9809
Track 9 is "You Made Me Over", a 1973 USA 7" solo single by MELVIN DAVIS on Invictus ZS7 1259
Tracks 10 and 11 are "I'm Worried (Single Edit)" and "Just As Long (Single Edit)", non-album shortened versions of tracks from "The 8th Day" LP issued in 1972 as a MELVIN DAVIS solo single on Invictus IS 9115
Track 12 is "It's Instrumental To Be Free", a non-album B-side to "You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)" issued September 1971 on US 7" single Invictus IS 9098
Track 13 is "Free Your Mind" - it's a remix of "It's Instrumental To Be Free" (Track 12) and it appeared as the B-side of the 1971 UK 7" single "Love Machine" by THE POLITICIANS on Hot Wax HWX 114

The 16-page booklet has affectionate and informative liner notes by noted British soul lover and expert TONY ROUNCE while the remastered sound by ALCHEMY is warm, clear (surprisingly free of hiss) and gorgeous to the ear.

Their debut album opens with a lethal one-two sucker punch - "She Not Just Another Woman" and "You Gotta Crawl (Before You Walk)" - 20 seconds into either and you're hooked. It's easy to see why both reached number 3 on the US R'n'B charts in 1971. This is truly fabulous 70ts soul with one foot still in the Sixties vibe; it's The Temptations - it's Stevie - it's Jackie Wilson on Brunswick with a little RCA Sam Cooke thrown in. It sounds like a reinvigorated Motown hit-making machine with a point to prove - the arrangements, the tight band, the wonderful brass fills that make your feet tap - all topped by the killer vocals of Northern Soul favourite MELVIN DAVIS (who toured as recently as Summer 2009 to rapturous applause by soul lovers hungry for the real deal). Then just as you're about to pigeonhole The 8th Day as a H-D-H singles-machine, you get the stunning seven and a half minutes of "Just As Long" - as lovely a soul ballad as you're ever likely to hear - that starts out almost as an instrumental and then builds - so sweet.

Niggles - the notes for Disc 2 have IS 9098 as 9090 and IS 9115 as 9117 - both miscredited in the booklet - and collectors will know that there's a 7" single edit of "You Gotta Crawl" which lops off 15 seconds from the album version that could have been put on here, but it's a minor exclusion. Besides - prior to the availability of the Net - and as someone who's worked in second-hand records shops for nearly 20 years - I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually seen copies of these rare US LPs and singles. What a treat to have them all finally presented to us - and in such a cool way too.

Great stuff Edsel - love it, love it, love it - recommended big time.

PS: other titles in this series are:
1. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD - Give me Just A Little More Time Plus... (featuring bonus albums by GENERAL JOHNSON and HARRISON KENNEDY) (Edsel EDSD 2053, 2CDs)
2. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD - Bittersweet + Skin I'm In + Bonus Album by DANNY WOODS Aries (Edsel EDSD 2055, 2CDs)
3. RUTH COPELAND - Self Portrait + I Am What I Am albums Plus... (Edsel EDSD 2067, 2CDs)
4. HOLLAND-DOZIER-HOLLAND - Love & Beauty - The Complete Invictus Masters (Edsel EDSD 2056, 2CDs)
5. PARLIAMENT - Osmium Plus... (Edsel EDSS 1031, 1CD)
6. FREDA PAYNE - Band Of Gold + Contact + The Best Of + Reaching Out (Edsel EDSD 2054, 2CDs)

PPS: for those who want to go deeper into the Invictus and Hot Wax labels, Sequel Records of the UK released a huge number of related CDs in 1999 featuring artists not covered in this 2009 reissue series - some of those names are 100 Proof Aged In Soul, Flaming Ember, The Politicians, The Glass House, Barrino Brothers, Eloise Laws and several cool Various Artist compilations like "Invictus Chartbusters"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the complete 8th Day recordings 18 Oct 2009
By brazuka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Demon Edsel, 2009, 2 CDs, 26 tracks

Led by singer Melvin Davis, The 8th Day was an eight-piece band formed in Detroit by the trio Holland-Dozier-Holland (H-D-H), after their departure from Motown Records. The band members were Tony Newton (bass), Bruce Nazarian (organ, guitar), Michael Anthony (guitar), Jerry Paul (conga, percussion), Carole Stallings (vocals, electric violin), Anita Sherman (vocals, vibes and tambourine) and Lynn Harter (vocals).

The group had many hit singles in the early seventies, like "She's Not Just Another Woman", "You've Got to Crawl (Before You Walk)", "If I Could See the Light" and "Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Three's a Crowd)". The first single was led by Steve Mancha, from 100 Proof [Aged in Soul], and the b-side was the beautiful ballad "I Can't Fool Myself", led by Melvin Davies, who was also the band's drummer.

The double CD comprises the albums "8th Day" (July 1971) and "I Gotta Get Home" (January 1973), more nine bonus tracks - non album singles and instrumental b-sides - some that not appeared in the Castle edition from 1999, like "Just As Long" (single edit), "I'm Worried" (single edit), "Free Your Mind" (a remix of "It's Instrumental to Be Free" released by The Politicians), "Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo" (instrumental) and "If I Could See the Light in the Window" (instrumental).

The second album is more pop/rock, with great songs like "I Gotta Get Home", the instrumental "Cheba" and the funky "Good Book".

The group split in 1973, when H-D-H moved to Los Angeles.
Melvin Davies stayed in Detroit and formed his own Rock Mill label.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete Collection Covering The 1970s Group The 8th Day 9 Dec 2013
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In September-October 1970 the Detroit trio 100 Proof Aged In Soul (Steve Mancha, Joe Stubbs and Eddie Anderson) enjoyed a # 6 R&B/# 8 Billboard Pop Hot 100 smash with Somebody's Been Sleeping, written by the famed song-writing team of Edward Holland, Jr., Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (HDH) and recorded for the writing team's Hot Wax label. That led to the LP "Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed" and soon radio stations began meeting public demand for another favorite from the LP, She's Not Just Another Woman. Also written by HDH, they began contemplating the release of a single, tempered by the thought that that might also put a crimp in album sales.

So what they did was release She's Not Just Another Woman b/w the non-album cut and appropriately-named I Can't Fool Myself on their Invictus imprint as by The 8th Day in early 1971, showing the writers as C. Wilson and Ronald Dunbar on the label. By late May the A-Side was peaking at # 3 R&B/# 11 Hot 100 as Invictus 9087. Later that summer two more sides actually recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, You've Got to Crawl (Before You Walk) b/w It's Instrumental To Be Free came out as by The 8th Day on Invictus 9098, and by late September/early October the A-side was topping out at # 3 R&B/# 28 Hot 100.

Now they had to present a group under the name The 8th Day for personal appearances, but instead of putting together a similar-sounding trio they formed a bulky 8-piece band consisting of lead vocalist/drummer Melvin Davis, female vocalist Lynn Harter, guitarists Michael Anthony and Bruce Nazarian (who also did vocals), percussionist Jerry Paul, electric violinist Carole Stallings, vibraphonist Anita Sherman, and bassist Antonio "Tony" Newton.

But the completely different sound did not appeal to the public at large to anywhere near the same degree and so, in January 1972, If I Could See The Light had to settle for a modest # 27 R&B and a low # 79 Hot 100 on Invictus 9107 b/w an instrumental rendition of the same song, and in April the best Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Three's A Crowd) could do was # 29 R&B on Invictus 9117 b/w Rocks In My Head. And when I Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely) b/w Good Book on Invictus 9124 failed completely, the group disbanded.

This 2009 26-track 2-CD import from 101 Distribution pulls together the sides from the two Invictus LPs attributed to "The 8th Day" (see Comments below for a listing of each LP) with excellent sound reproduction and an informative insert written by Tony Rounce. If, however, all you want are the hit singles under the billing "The 8th Day" you might want to consider the 2002 budget 10-track volume from EMI Special products where you get all the sides just mentioned except the instrumental version of If I Could See The Light and Good Book. Also included is the December 1973 release You Made Me Over, billed only as Melvin Davis on Invictus 1259, but not the B-side, I'm Worried.

In 1983 the name was hauled out of mothballs for a Brian Holland/Harold Beatty production and a new gathering which included Tyrone Douglas, who had spent time with The Undisputed Truth, and probably guitarists Larry Hutchison and Ron Bykowsky and keyboardist Lyman Woodard. This was likely the band behind Call Me Up/Body Buddy billed as The 8th Day on A&M SP-17225 in 1983 and in the 1983 A&M LP (also see Comments). None of the A&M sides appear to have ever been released as a CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesser known HDH stable members 17 April 2013
By Milton A. Dugger Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
HDH created some massive entertainment when they left Motown. 8th Day is one of the f"finds" unleashed by them on the music world. "She's Not Just Another Woman" and many more give a spotlight to this act.
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