on 19 May 2012
Following several successful years with Philadelphia International and a string of top 10 hits, the girls jumped ship to Epic records for this album which slipped under the radar when first released in 1977.
Although it's one of my personal favourites, it's clear that their manager and producer at the time, Richard Barrett, struggled to find the right direction and sound for the girls before they joined forces with Giorgio Moroder a year later. Consequently, the album contains a variety of styles, mixing disco (`Standing Up For Love') with standards (`What I Did For Love') and covers (Boz Scaggs'' We're All Alone`).
That said, it does hang together pretty well and contains some of lead singer, Sheila Ferguson's, finest moments. Ballads such the Bassey-esque `Just Leave Me Alone' and soulful `In Love We Grow' with its orchestral intro and sweeping strings, really hit the mark and give today's divas a run for their money. I also have a soft spot for the oddly titled and somewhat quirky `Macaroni Man' featuring Valerie Holiday.
The inclusion of fan's favourite `Toast Of Love' and hard to find `Do It Use Your Mind' from the girls Japanese produced album are a welcome bonus.
on 21 June 2012
I have always been a huge fan of the Three Degrees and remember clearly buying this album when it came out, from Delmars music shop in Potter Bar lol Shortly after, me and friends went to see them at the London Palladium - it was a great show, as is this album. Its been nearly 20 years since I have heard some of these tracks and the memories have been flooding back. Great tracks, great harmonies, great strings and horns, well produced - buy it, I highly recommend it!!