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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.
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on 15 June 2012
Standing Up for Love - Expanded has taken far to long to get this album by the three degrees on to cd, i think its up there with one of the best albums the 3d's did, STANDING UP FOR LOVE is just a great song and with a great sound, WHAT I DID FOR LOVE, has never been sung better by any other female group in my book, and also IN LOVE WE GROW, is just spot on, 9 great tracks and then you get 3 bonas tracks, same songs but single versions and one non albim, the 3d's did good, and its some of there best work, if you like the old stuff from the 3d's then this is an cd album you should get and just listen to the voice's of SHEILA, VALERIE, HELEN, this is singing how it should be...i saw the girls so many times live in concert and they always sounded just as good and a class act, i know that the girls are still doing the rounds but without SHEILA the sound is not as good, i dont want to knock them now and they do give a great show but the power house singer SHEILA leaving did make a big hole and the sound is not the same, but they are still great as a live get this album as now it has a few extra tracks and i think you will find you will play it for years to cum and it still sounds just as good as it did when it first came out on LP, many years ago...........enjoy. thhank god at last its now on cd...............
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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!!
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on 27 September 2015
Bought this at the Co-Op in 1977 !! They only had a few records to choose from. Usually Contour or Music for Pleasure labels and very few new albums/chart albums. Really loved Wer'e all alone. Much better vocal and stronger than Rita Coolidge's limp version. In Love we Grow is sublime and the other tracks pretty good too. Like this and their Giorgio Moroder stuff.
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on 2 December 2012
Soulfull ballads, up beat numbers and the three degrees harmonies that no other group can match make the a must have item for any collection.
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on 30 August 2013
Classic non succesfull album from the Three Degrees.
Best song": "What i did for love.
For the first time on cd.
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on 4 September 2013
So glad that this is now available on CD. It's probably the last commercial one they did before Sheila left.
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