Best Of The Superbs Original recording remastered
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One R&B hit with Baby, Baby All The Time is a poor return for the twenty five singles the Superbs released on the Doré label between 1964 and 1987. It does not reflect the importance the group had on the west coast soul harmony scene. They are still held in high esteem by soul music lovers, in the US in particular. They had their very own sound that is instantly recognisable, a feature only a handful of soul groups can claim. The mainly Mexican, Los Angeles Low Rider scene looks upon them as demigods. Their ballad work appeals to soul harmony collectors and though their sound can be very sweet, the subtle early Gene Page arrangements and clever song selection makes the music appealing to all soul fans. Ballad highlights include their hit, along with It Hurts So Much , He Broke A Young Girl s Heart , One Bad Habit and Your Eyes . The mid-tempo ballads include a Latin-influenced The Big Hurt , I Was Blind , Goddess Of Love , Where Or When and the early Better Get Your Own One Buddy . The group were also capable of fine uptempo performances. Inevitably they had tracks suited to the Northern Soul scene in the mid-60s. Go For What You Know and the magnificent On A Day When It s Raining have the correct beat, while the funkier Wind In My Sails has been picked-up recently by the newer breed of rare soul DJ. There are two solo tracks by group members and associates Ronnie Cook and Frances Lark with the grouping backing up the leads as usual. An extensive discography is included, though with Doré s random release policy and reworking of titles, it can never be claimed as a definitive document. Interviews with several of the group members tell the long and intricate Superbs story in detail. Compilation and note by Ady Croasdell.
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Their first single, *The Storybook Of Love b/w Better Get Your Own One Buddy (Doré 704) went nowhere in mid-1964, and by the time of their second release Harmon had departed to join another Doré group, The Whispers. That, as it turns out, would also be their only claim to national fame as, with Green's soaring soprano leading the way, *Baby, Baby All The Time peaked at # 83 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in October b/w Raindrops, Memories And Tears (Doré 715). Hearing it, you just KNOW this could have been a major factor on the charts had the R&B listings been in effect to add their publicity to the song, and if it had been handled by one of the larger labels in California.
At this stage it was Swain's turn to bolt for another Doré group, The Entertainers IV, his replacement being Lawrence Randall, and this revolving door approach would continue over the next few years, including Green's brief departure after her marriage to L.A. Angels pitcher Rudy May (her replacement was Cheryl Boyd). Green later returned, but only briefly as the others rejected her request to rename the group Eleanor & The Superbs. In hindsight, they might have been far better off taking that route because, with her powerful vocals they could have been rivals for Ruby & The Romantics, Gladys Knight & The Pips and others of that ilk. But then again, they were still stuck with Doré Records and their weak promotion, sporadic approach to releases which often included re-releases of old material, and tooling around with titles (e.g. track 6 which emerged as both My Heart Isn't In It and My Heart Wasn't In it).
The rest of their singles are shown in the Comments below, with an asterisk (*) preceding those titles included in this Kent volume - part of Ace Records (the same applies to the titles mentioned above) which has its usual excellent sound reproduction, packaging and extensive liner notes, in this instance by Ady Croasdell.
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