Down To Love Town (Expanded Edition)
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Formed in 1966, The Originals worked as studio backup singers at Motown and featured on tracks such as What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted by Jimmy Ruffin, For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starrs politically fuelled jam, War. The original Originals were made up of four singers, the group's baritone and founder Walter Gaines, tenors Hank Dixon and C.P. Spencer (an original member of The Spinners) and also bass singer, Freddie Gorman, who was one of the writers of Please Mr. Postman. In the late 60s, under the guidance and writing expertise of Al Green, The Originals scored two of their biggest hits early in their career with Baby I'm For Real and the Gold certified, The Bells. Down To Love Town was the groups eighth album for Motown and was released in 1977. Produced by Michael Sutton and the Originals The album opens with intent on the horn and wah-wah led Disco/Soul stomper Hurry Up And Wait before making way for the title track and only single from the album. Down To Love Town (Disco #1/Pop #47) was originally included on their 1976 album Communique and became a true Disco classic with an incredible and impassioned lead vocal from Freddy Gorman's tenor/baritone, as he demands everybody join him in Love Town.
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UK released August 2014 on Big Break Records CDBBRX 0303 (Barcode 5013929060333) - Tracks 1 to 7 are the album "Down To Love Time" released February 1977 in the USA on Soul S6-74951. Track 8 is an "Alternate Take" of the title song (total playing time 42:33 minutes).
The 12-page booklet has excellent and detailed liner notes by JUSTIN COBER LAKE that include band photos, the US Motown artwork and rare 12" single sleeves as well as very detailed recording/discography info. But the big news as always with BBR releases is the stunning remaster. KEVIN REEVES (whose been involved in huge numbers in the Universal Soul and Jazz "Originals" series) did the initial remaster with more touches by BBR's resident tape wizard WAYNE A. DICKSON after the fact.
The sound is wonderful especially on the Number 1 Disco hit "Down To Love Town" and the funky breaks in "You Are A Blessing To Me". The ballad "Mother Nature's Best" turned up as the B-side to the other album hit - "(Call On Your) Six Million Dollar Man". It ends on the funky "Been Decided" (surely a potential single). The "Alternate Take" of Down To Love Town" runs to 3:51 minutes and ups the Disco high-hat beat even more...
Great sound and presentation - fans should also make a way to the Lamont Dozier produced "California Sunset" by The Originals from 1975, BBR reissued that a few years back too...