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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbr
  • ASIN: B00I45821C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. BOUND ON A REASON
  2. OFF MY CLOUD
  3. ALL GOIN' DOWN TOGETHER
  4. ROCK THE BOAT (FULL LENGTH VERSION)
  5. FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION
  6. THE FAMILY
  7. GO TO THE POET
  8. SALVATION LADY
  9. LIVE A LIE
  10. MIRACLE MAKER (SWEET SOUL SHAKER)
  11. FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION (Single Version)
  12. ROCK THE BOAT (Single Version)

Product Description

The Hues Corporation was a soul trio formed in 1969 in Santa Monica, California by band mates St. Clair Lee, Fleming Williams and Hubert Ann Kelley. Their first break came in 1972 with the Blaxploitation film, 'Blacula', in which they made a small appearance, in addition to recording three songs for the soundtrack. It was shortly following this that they were signed to RCA where they released their debut album, 'Freedom For The Stallion', now making its international CD debut on BBR! The Allen Toussaint penned, 'Freedom For The Stallion' - beautifully arranged by Gene Page at the height of his success with Barry White - was The Hues Corporation''s first RCA single. The timely, socially conscious message in the song, with its anthemic quality, was a worthy introduction of The Hues Corporation to the American public, as it peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100. Keen to illustrate the versatility of their new signing, RCA decided to issue the more light-hearted and pop orientated, 'Miracle Maker (Sweet Soulo Shaker)' as the bands second single. The song was penned by legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and seemed destined to take on the top 40, however, unbeknownst to RCA it was another album cut that was creating a stir in a new bubbling underground scene that was poised to spread across the world from New York City.

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What a beautiful album. I only knew Rock The Boat and wasn't sure what to expect. The title track written by Allen Toussaint is an instant favourite. All round, this is a very pleasant and upbeat easy soul album. Recommended.
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Thanks for including the long versions as well. Great band great music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8eb628e8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x8e82d0d8) out of 5 stars nothing short of a masterpiece! pure 70's pop perfection! 18 Feb. 2015
By blue - Published on Amazon.com
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i know they have passed on to Rock n Roll heaven but i just wanted to formally apologize to the group as i have always thought of them as a 'one hit' wonder type group and after listening to this release a few times over (n now have continued with the other release from FunkyGrooves from the group) this release is simply AMAZING!!! wow! i'm stunned! the harmonies and the strings and everything!! simply amazing! i mean 'go to the poet' and 'clouds' and the title track...oh my word...they r soooooo good!! i cant believe all the times i have held this lp in my hands for a buck and thought to myself..'naw, i have the only good song (rock the boat)on a compilation cd so i dont need to listen to this lp even if its only a buck)..i'm just kicking myself for not enjoying this lp for decades lol Great job and the BBR group has once again done a great job from the mastering to the sturdy case and the informative booklet (i had no idea they all werent the original members all the way through). pls dont b like me and lose out on great 70's pop perfection...this lp deserved to b a bigger hit than the lp eventually was as it should have had like 3 hit singles from it played on the radio at least! of course, we, the folks that were kids when we first heard that classic 'rock the boat' on that am radio at camp and here all these decades later and with all the band members passed on they finally are getting the recognition n release they deserve. thank you Hues Corporation n Wally :)
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HASH(0x8e82d300) out of 5 stars Infectious Grooves and Soulful Warmth 12 Feb. 2016
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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Like many listeners, I have never thought that there was much more to hear by this group other than their famous 1974 hit "Rock the Boat." Some people might call the Hues Corporation a one-hit wonder, but they actually had another Top 40 hit the following year with "Rockin' Soul." But as this album shows, they were a very talented vocal group with plenty of very strong songs.

Naturally, the infectious grooves and "buoyant arrangement" of "Rock the Boat" will be the big draw for many fans, and I'm not ashamed to say that I still love this song 40 years after having first heard it. Magical stuff. But there are plenty of other delightful songs on this album too. The title track, written by the legendary Allen Toussaint is a real highlight. The liner notes tell us how the group "embroidered the nuances of Toussaint's melody with a soulful warmth." Great description. The group's stellar harmonies and socially conscious lyrics are also hallmarks of memorable songs such as "The Family" (a terrific song that had been previously covered by Tony Joe White, and later by Nina Simone) and "Go To the Poet."

The CD includes two Bonus Tracks, but they are nothing more than single edits of two of the album tracks. Not much of a "bonus" to my ears. Nevertheless, the quality of the songs is uniformly good, with several real gems among the bunch. The CD also comes with reproductions of some single labels and an advertisement for the original album, plus a very informative 16-page booklet with details about the group and these recordings written by Christian John Wikane. The track listing includes songwriter credits but no song times. There is also a list of the musicians who played on the album, an impressive roster that includes Larry Carlton, plus Joe Sample and Wilton Felder of the Crusaders.
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HASH(0x8e82d564) out of 5 stars More than just ROCK THE BOAT! 14 Oct. 2014
By Funk lover - Published on Amazon.com
What a beautiful album. I only knew Rock The Boat and wasn't sure what to expect. The title track written by Allen Toussaint is an instant favorite. All round, this is a very pleasant and upbeat easy soul album. Recommended.
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HASH(0x8e82d4e0) out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore 25 Mar. 2015
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS WAS MY JAM! Still touches my soul and spirit after 4 decades. They don't make them like this anymore!
HASH(0x8e82dad4) out of 5 stars Sound is fine and packaging booklet is decent 12 Jan. 2016
By piglet - Published on Amazon.com
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Er...wish I could say more. I bought the 7" single (Rock The Boat) when it was released and in my boredom from modern music, I was hoping I could find one or two more songs that came close. Sound is fine and packaging booklet is decent, but this one will collect dust. If you are familiar with the whole album and like it, you'll probably be pleased.
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