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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm For Real...Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get..."
What this 2011 CD doesn't advertise too well is that it contains 'two' Stax albums and not just one - and then for good measure - throws in two more bonus tracks as well (and it's dirt cheap too). Here are the details...

Released Monday 10 October 2011 in the UK, Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072331761 breaks down as follows (59:03 minutes):

Tracks 1...
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Mark Barry

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3.0 out of 5 stars In The Rain
Above headline track and' Whatcha see--' stands out from remaining tracks.Could have developed to rival THE O'JAYS and the TEMPTATIONS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm For Real...Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get...", 10 Oct 2011
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Mark Barry (UK) - See all my reviews
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What this 2011 CD doesn't advertise too well is that it contains 'two' Stax albums and not just one - and then for good measure - throws in two more bonus tracks as well (and it's dirt cheap too). Here are the details...

Released Monday 10 October 2011 in the UK, Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072331761 breaks down as follows (59:03 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are their debut album "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" - released January 1972 in the USA on Volt Records VOS-6018 and April 1972 in the UK on Stax Records 2362 025

Tracks 9 to 16 are their 2nd album "A Dramatic Experience" - released October 1973 in the USA on Volt Records VOS-6019 and April 1974 in the UK on Stax Records STX 1021

Tracks 17 and 18 are "Stand Up Clap Your Hands" and "Hum A Song (From Your Heart)" - two previously unreleased tracks which first appeared on the 1991 CD reissue of "A Dramatic Sensation"

The new 12-page booklet has very knowledgeable and affectionate liner notes by ROB BOWMAN (author of "Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story Of Stax Records"). You also get the original artwork on the front and rear of the booklet, musician and session details, a collage of 2 photos on the inlay beneath the see-through tray and the disc itself pictures the original LP sleeve (front and rear). But it's a shame the booklet doesn't go any further - there's no new photos, no memorabilia - not even a picture of the title track - their most famous and beloved tune. Surely a promo 45 could have been procured? It makes the inlay feel workmanlike at best - even a little dull - when it should have spread its wings a little. But the big news is the SOUND...

I bought and recently reviewed two other titles in this new "Stax Remasters" series - "Be Altitude: Respect Yourself" by The Staples Singers and "McLemore Avenue" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s and duly raved about the fabulous sound quality on both - especially after years of lacklustre reissues in jewel cases and repro digipaks.
Well this is the same. 24-bit remastered from the first generation tapes at JOE TARANTINO Mastering in Berkeley, California - the audio quality is fantastic - which of course makes you reassess every song - and here it gives incredible clarity to these hugely underrated and largely forgotten Soul albums.

Highlights include "In The Rain" which has a melodrama formula that 'so' works. The song intro is a thunderstorm - rainfall then fills the speakers - only to succumb to a heavily echoed guitar which actually sounds like a man crying. With William "Wee Gee" Howard's pleading vocals and Dennis Coffey on that treated guitar, the public and radio loved it - sending "In The Rain" all the way to the No.1 spot on the US R'n'B charts. The sound quality of the horn player on "Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)" is startling too - so clear - and the tune is reminiscent of The Temptations at their upbeat best. Even the two bonus tracks don't disgrace themselves - especially the "...get it together..." message funk of "Stand Up Clap Your Hands". The title track "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" too has been gracing CD compilations for decades - a stone Soul classic (lyrics above).

To sum up - this is a superlative value-for-money reissue with top-notch Seventies Soul and sound quality that trumps everything that's gone before.

The book of 'Guinness World Records 2012' was launched on 15 Sep 2011 - and in it they celebrated Aevin Dugas from New Orleans - who at 4ft 4in. - officially has the world's biggest Afro Hairdo. Well - like Aevin - this CD is both impossibly cool and worthy of written celebration.

Recommended.

PS: titles in the "STAX REMASTERS" series are (all reviewed):
1. McLemore Avenue - BOOKER T. & THE M.G.'S (1970)
2. Woman To Woman - SHIRLEY BROWN (1974)
3. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - THE DRAMATICS (1972)
4. Be Altitude: Respect Yourself - THE STAPLE SINGERS (1972)
5. Taylored In Silk - JOHNNIE TAYLOR (1973)
6. Do The Funky Chicken - RUFUS THOMAS (1969)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, 17 Dec 2011
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An excellent 70's Soul re issue from the band that set the bench mark for groovy soul, the main track: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. Even if you are fortunate enough to own the original vinyl, it is perhaps still worth buying this CD for it's amazing digitally remastered sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70's magic, 22 Oct 2011
Bought both the albums on this cd on vinyl in the hey day 70's. Ron Banks has a fabulous voice that leads the music into funk and ballads equally well. Classic music from a classical era of soul music. A must for all soul fans old and new and an absolute bargain at this price. Both albums cost me more on import 30 years ago. Probably the best example of their works is contained here, some of the mixing and backing is years ahead of it's time. 'Now you got me loving you' and 'Fell for you' sublime sexy soul.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In The Rain, 17 Feb 2014
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Above headline track and' Whatcha see--' stands out from remaining tracks.Could have developed to rival THE O'JAYS and the TEMPTATIONS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quite superb release in all respects!, 25 July 2012
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Although this isn't explained very well this release is actually two albums: `Whatcha See is Whatcha Get' (1972) and `A Dramatic Experience' (1973) plus 3 bonus tracks.
For me this was the golden period of the Dramatics. A quite superb release in all respects!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great price/service, 17 April 2012
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every think came as was told it would be. the price/service was excellent. the album i got was drimactics this album as some great tracks. joe uk
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