Essential Collection - The Undisputed Truth CD
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Afterwards their sound became even more heavy, boogie-oriented with space-futuristic themes, with only lead Joe Harris as mainstay. Not awful (Help yourself, Boogie bump boogie) but these tracks present a rather faceless group and pale compared to their marvelous start in 1971 where the Truth seemed to open a new chapter of socially conscious, funked up soul with great male-female vocals.
As for the band, they were manufactured by Motown's producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield to counter the changes made to funk/soul, the group only had a #3 hit in the U.S. pop charts with 'Smiling Faces Sometimes' and the rest of their singles and albums charted moderately both in the pop and R & B charts.
The song 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone' later became a big hit for The Temptations with their cover and most notably 'What It Is' became an inspiration (lyrics wise) for The Jackson 5's obscure 1973 track 'Hum Along And Dance' which is on their Get It Together album, their cover of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' is pretty decent even though it clocks in near 9 mins 30 seconds.
As for the songs, after several spins I would say that most of the tracks (14 in total) are good and the other five did not quite click with me, hence the 4 stars. As for the compilation the notes do not tell you where the songs were culled from which albums, not much charting info and also tracks 1 and 11 were released in 1971 not 1967 as put on this compilation.
Overall if you prefer to discover hidden gems like this group then I strongly recommend this, as for the band their mentor switched over to Warner Bros Records and they released a further two more albums before disbanding, Method To The Madness (1976) and Smokin' (1979), they both got re-issued and are available on here.
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I bought as a present for my partner, I had never heard of them but really enjoyed listening to it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this band, the tunes are somewhat classic I think.
On the downside, some are literally only half tracks or taken from not brilliant original recordings.