Brothers By Choice – 1978 – Brothers By Choice

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Brothers By Choice were a Los Angeles-based group featuring the vocalist Chris Higgins. The self-titled album was recorded 1978 for the ALA label and released via Atlantic Records.

Rare sought after  with ‘She puts the ease back into easyan excellent dancer and Girl I need you too” a really catchy up-tempo dancer the sort of tune that the northern crowd would latch on to, among others.

Very Rare and Very out of print, don’t come up often on Ebay or anywhere else and now days never under 75$.

Highly recommended – one of my favorite albums to dance with…

This is a vinyl rip of the original ALA LP including covers. Never released on CD.

Tracks
A1. She Puts The Ease Back Into Easy Part 1 3.54
A2. Baby, You Really Got Me Going 4.11
A3.Girl I Need You Too 4.18
A4. Young, Single And Free 4.37
B1. Take A Little More 4.10
B2. I’ve Got What You Need 3.58
B3. She Puts The Eas Back Into Easy Part 2 3.46
B4. You Keep My Love Alive 3.52

I really wanted to post this one from a log time ago – as an old favorite of mine -but there’s no much info’s on the group or the album except the following from Mickey Nold‘s blog :

“Brothers By Choice is basically Chuck Higgins with Patty Brooks & Patsy Powell on backing vocals on some tracks. Recorded at the famous Phil Spector venue Gold Star Studios, part owned by producer Stan Ross and opened in 1950 (picture below, note distinctive reflex horn speakers). On guitar is my very favorite David T. Walker with Clay Drayton. Bass is provided by Henry Fields & Clay Drayton. Great Horn section provided by Quipman Dennis, Chuck Findley & Ronn Star.

The album cover is untitled but the vinyl is titled ‘She Puts The Ease In To Easy?” so not surprisingly there is confusion, it looks like they forgot to put the title on the cover! So dealers selling un-opened copies are calling it a self titled album. I’m thinking this may be the Chuck Higgins who is also from Los Angeles and recorded for Combo/Dootone in the late 50’s, if so he would have been about 54 when this album was made! If so he was a famous horn honker and track one is horn led, but no credit is given in the sleeve notes. It may even be Chuck Higgins Jr. as he did backing vocals for two of his fathers 1979 disco LP’s.

The first single from this set I think was the catchy “She Puts The Ease Back Into Easy” and has been a hard single to find. The album though is quite rare and comes along about once a year on Ebay and also has two other nice 2-Steppers as well as today’s featured song; “Baby You Really Got Me going, & “She Puts The…,

The first thing that strikes you about today’s featured song “Take A Little More” is the nice wide percussive sound provided by Gary Coleman with a nice string introduction. It’s always nice when a tune has a good beginning, middle & end, and this song ticks all three box’s. “Girl I Need You Too ” has Northern appeal with lots of horns, kinda like the old Stafford sound in fact Young Single & Free is in the same vain but sadly no lyrics. The group were previously known as The Gliders and the producer on some of the album tracks is Barnett Williams and he was a percussionist in Gil-Scott-Heron’s backing group, The Midnight Band, for a number of years from about 1974, so Dave Allen tells me!

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Listen up the killer “Girl i need you too

Just a few more bits of info to add on to whats already been said, the group released a 7″ in 1975 on the Memphis label Fretone ‘Lonely Cities and One Way Streets‘/’No Time‘ although a year earlier these same two songs were released on a 7″ on the Los Angeles label ALVA under the group name of The Gliders so it seems the group underwent a name change between the two releases, of the two songs ‘Lonely Cities‘ is nothing to special but ‘No Time‘ is an essential midtempo ballad that i just love.

The group seem to have some connection with ‘ConFunkShun‘ who we’re from Los Angeles but who spent some time in Memphis working at Stax and also released a few 7’s on the Fretone label in 1975 before getting their deal with Mercury.

If you like the song ‘How Much i Feel‘ it’s worth checking out the original version by the Soft Rock group ‘Ambrosia’ that’s on their LP ‘Life Beyond L.A.’, plus i’ve always thought that the song ‘Oh Darlin‘ was a slight variation on the ‘Delegation’ song ‘Oh Honey, although the Brothers By Choice’s vocals are far superior to either of these two groups.

I’ve just played the B-Side of ‘Oh Darlin’ a song called ‘Why Can’t You Make Up Your Mind‘ which sounds just like ConFunkShun which further endorses the connection between the two groups.

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Now, while downloading this 70’s gem listen another brilliant dancer : “Baby, You Really Got Me Going

If you want to put your hands to this wonderful album there’s 2 vinyl copies available on Groove Collector for 75€ and 100€ along with a few of their rare singles.

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33 Comments
  • Tony
    Posted at 20:52h, 04 December Reply

    Thank you for a lost classic from the 70’s

  • hooch
    Posted at 21:34h, 04 December Reply

    wonderful lp..many thanks indeed!

  • JTF
    Posted at 00:36h, 05 December Reply

    Nice choice!

  • mrB
    Posted at 11:34h, 05 December Reply

    GREAT THANKS!!

  • pedro
    Posted at 14:23h, 05 December Reply

    Thanks for this touch of disco in this one never the less still
    quality

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 15:44h, 05 December Reply

    Another rarity, another gem! Well done once more.

  • Nuno
    Posted at 18:18h, 05 December Reply

    Never heard off, but the clips sound great.

    You’re still one of the (or the) best Soul/Funk blog around.

    Thanks

  • k02
    Posted at 22:03h, 05 December Reply

    THANKS

  • Robert
    Posted at 06:35h, 06 December Reply

    wow,that sounds amazing,thank you!!

  • Roger
    Posted at 12:14h, 06 December Reply

    Superb! Love it.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:10h, 06 December Reply

    what a great post nikos. great album

  • Ophelia
    Posted at 00:22h, 07 December Reply

    Great post! I wish more of today’s artist’s would grab hold of gems like this for inspiration – this is timeless!

  • Hans
    Posted at 12:30h, 07 December Reply

    i’m sure i’m gonna love this,
    Many thanks

  • vinyljunkie45
    Posted at 15:59h, 07 December Reply

    great post , thanks for your time and effort

  • Andrew
    Posted at 17:54h, 07 December Reply

    Never heard of them,I’ve got a lot to discover here!
    Thanks for the chance to listen to it,the good old days!!!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 02:12h, 08 December Reply

    yes “she puts the ease on” is an old fav of mine.. thanks for all the great music and I wish you a safe and happy holidays!!!!

  • Kelly Peter
    Posted at 13:48h, 08 December Reply

    Never heard this one, can’t wait to check it!

  • Mr.D
    Posted at 18:21h, 08 December Reply

    me encanto magnifico.gracias.

  • PaulStarkey
    Posted at 20:28h, 08 December Reply

    Thanks so much for providing the rare stuff. Much appreciated!!

  • Igor
    Posted at 11:40h, 09 December Reply

    I can’t wait to dive in and check it out.
    Thank you for the post-Much appreciated

  • Mick
    Posted at 14:34h, 10 December Reply

    Another unknown to be discovered. Amazing work.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 20:55h, 10 December Reply

    thanx for your work. I´m very happy bout your post today, ´cause my copy of BbC sounds like a stormy and rainy night with a little bit Soul in the back. So I´m glad 2 listen 4 the 1st time to the brilliant sound of BbC.
    btw hope your name day was like it used to be, Nikos. Congratulations!!

    Thank you guys at FMS. The best Soul Education at the whole www.

    I only check here 4 oldsoul!

    your´s mellow

  • John
    Posted at 18:57h, 11 December Reply

    Thank you – very much looking forward to checking this out.

  • JM
    Posted at 02:14h, 13 December Reply

    REAL MUSIC RIGHT HERE!

  • Steve McQueen
    Posted at 13:29h, 13 December Reply

    Another introduction – Thank you. Thank you for your hard work. Peace.

  • aNUBIS
    Posted at 01:25h, 14 December Reply

    Cool stuff indeed! Thanks so much!

  • Del
    Posted at 12:47h, 16 December Reply

    Wow…much appreciated!
    I’ve got a lot to discover here.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers.

  • Mary Criti
    Posted at 19:16h, 19 December Reply

    A very nice groovy album. Thanks a lot.

  • karvelli
    Posted at 02:23h, 26 December Reply

    peace and blessings!

  • The Aim
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December Reply

    Well, this is a wonderful surprise! I played most of it in a party last night. They loved it. Greetings from DC.

  • Hans
    Posted at 17:39h, 15 January Reply

    This is a brand new discovery for me! its absolute lovely…….

  • Joel
    Posted at 02:07h, 18 January Reply

    Oh man this is amazing I’ve been hoping you guys would post this album.

  • Untitled
    Posted at 17:55h, 25 January Reply

    Thanks

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