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A seminal bit of seventies soul from Switch, and a record that really helped set the tone for countless others to come in the 80s – no surprise, given that the group’s got members from both the DeBarge and Ingram families! There’s a warmth here that few others can match – an earnest, honest quality that never gets lost, even amidst the well-crafted instrumentation and tight production of the record – almost an updated legacy of the early 70s east coast scene, but never polished up too much at all! There’s some wonderful harmonies that work perfectly on both the upbeat and mellower numbers – warming things up beautifully.
A1 I Wanna Be With You 3:51
A2 There’ll Never Be 5:22
A3 I Wanna Be Closer 4:14
A4 We Like to Party…Come On 3:46
B1 Fever 3:31
B2 You Pulled a Switch 4:01
B3 It’s So Real 4:10
B4 Somebody’s Watchin’ You 3:34
The successful debut album from the self-contained sextet introduced the R&B community to an exciting, soulful sound. This album consisted of quality uptempo and midtempo tunes. Their first release, “There’ll Never Be,” graced the Billboard R&B charts for 26 weeks, peaking at number six. The moderately paced single features creative background vocals, inviting horn arrangements, and the high-pitched falsetto of Bobby DeBarge, who also co-wrote the track with the Bewley Brothers. As mellow as the aforementioned single is, the follow-up “I Wanna Be Closer” is even more comforting. Written, arranged and produced by Jermaine Jackson, the single peaked at number 22 after 13 weeks. Featuring three-part harmonies and a soulful introduction, it also showcased the articulate lead vocals of Phillip Ingram (baritone) and Bobby DeBarge. This is a good collection.
Quite possibly the best album ever from Ohio funky soul combo Switch – and certainly proof that the hope of Motown in the 80s was in ensemble group funk! This second album holds up really well, and thanks to some sweet production by Bobby DeBarge and Jermaine Jackson, the record’s got a warm soulful groove that hooks on the popular styles at the end of the 70s, but which keeps the group fresh and point to possibilies for the new decade. We really wish more singers and groups followed suit in the early part of the 80s!
A1 You’re the One for Me 4:29
A2 Next to You 4:11
A3 Best Beat in Town 4:48
A4 Calling On All Girls 4:34
B1 Go On Doin’ What You Feel 5:39
B3 I Call Your Name 7:33
Switch’s sophomore album picks up where the group’s debut left off. Scintillating harmonies and torching leads by Philip Ingram and Bobby Debarge make “Calling on All Girls“, written by Jermaine Jackson, a standout. Equally as captivating is the roller coastering “I Call Your Name“, written by Bobby Debarge, a song that aptly depicts teenage infatuation. They handle uptempo material with aplomb, too. Check out the groove on “Best Beat in Town“, and the urgency and realness of “You’re the One for Me.” A bright yellow album cover depicts Switch dressed in fly outfits and enjoying the California sun. The guys from Akron, OH and Grand Rapids, MI had it going on, and probably thought the phat grooves and adulation would never stop.