The Chi-Lites – 1969 – Give It Away


This is the debut of one of the greatest vocal groups of the early ’70s. One of the pioneers of Sweet soul.

Harder, more raw Chicago Soul, in the vein of Tyrone Davis’ recordings of the time. Not as slick as their following albums

Give It Away was the Chi-Lites first album for the Brunswick label and was named after their first hit single. A Soul tune, but “My Whole World Ended” is even better with its upbeat mood. There are also good covers of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”, but the best number is the cool “What Do I Wish For” with its little guitar intro and finger snaps before Eugene Record comes in with his trademark falsetto voice. “You’re No Longer Part Of My Heart” is another uplifting song.

you can also grab their best album (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People here

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Brunswick record with covers.

A1 Give It Away 2:43
A2 Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was 3:28
A3 My Whole World Ended 3:04
A4 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 3:05
A5 What Do I Wish For 2:55
A6 That’s My Baby for You 2:05
B1 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me 2:28
B2 You’re No Longer Part of My Heart 2:58
B3 24 Hours of Sadness 2:06
B4 To Change My Love 2:28
B5 The Twelfth of Never 2:41

After nearly a decade of plugging away in the Chicago soul scene, the Chi-Lites finally reached the charts in 1969 with the effervescent Top Ten R&B hit “Give It Away.” Hot on its heels followed this debut LP, a strong one thanks to the composing/performing/producing dynamo Eugene Record as well as the steady hand of producer Carl Davis. “24 Hours of Sadness” is a copycat of their first hit, but just as enjoyable a performance and just as sparkling a production, while “Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was” is a sweet ballad that avoids the expected melodramatic pitfalls. The group’s runthrough of several Motown nuggets (“My Whole World Ended,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”) is also surprisingly successful, with Record’s crystal falsetto on the former making for a nice translation of David Ruffin’s original. The quartet got a little groovy for “That’s My Baby for You,” and though a few of the other album tracks are distinctly inferior, the Chi-Lites’ first full-length was a bright spot for Chicago soul.

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  • beats2go
    Posted at 14:35h, 16 May Reply

    great album

  • Zezette
    Posted at 15:18h, 16 May Reply

    Tks, Merci!

  • andre
    Posted at 15:20h, 16 May Reply

    i can’t thank u enough for all this great music. really appreciate what ur doin here. keep up the good work. THANK YOU

  • ThorZeen
    Posted at 16:05h, 16 May Reply

    I remember my moms playing this when I was a youngin’. It sure is nice hearing this again. Thanks for the post.


  • mulat
    Posted at 17:44h, 16 May Reply

    True talent.Great pick,thanks

  • Noa
    Posted at 19:05h, 16 May Reply

    These two records of chi-lites that you have posted and “A lonely Man” album are 5 stars records. A great group!

  • MusicMeiho
    Posted at 21:49h, 16 May Reply

    Thanks for this!!

  • robert
    Posted at 22:30h, 16 May Reply

    This is really great, thanks!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 23:42h, 16 May Reply

    Fantastic! Thanks Nikos.

  • Grizz
    Posted at 00:03h, 17 May Reply

    Wow!!!! thank you very much. this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • manny
    Posted at 04:34h, 17 May Reply

    surprisingly i dont have this, cant wait to listen, thanks

  • Lord
    Posted at 06:21h, 17 May Reply

    I love it. Your work is soooooo great.

  • Lord
    Posted at 06:57h, 17 May Reply

    Eugene Record was great. Chi-lites easily on of the best in harmony soul.

  • Owl
    Posted at 08:49h, 17 May Reply

    thanks man! :)

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 10:59h, 17 May Reply

    Thanks Nikos!!

  • Son
    Posted at 11:40h, 17 May Reply

    Great to have you back. Thanks for the chi-lites, they are really so good!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 May Reply

    Like the great Barry White sang,”can’t get enough of your blog,babe”.Thank you

  • oak
    Posted at 15:09h, 17 May Reply

    Fantastic blog bro. Do you have any Jean Knight or the counts to post?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:14h, 17 May Reply

    Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff” will be post soon and ofcource i have all Counts albums and i might choose the yellow one.

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 19:35h, 17 May Reply

    Thank you. What a pleasure to listen to these greatest songs. Thank you for your work.

  • Mary
    Posted at 21:43h, 17 May Reply

    i always looking for their debut. i am so grateful.

  • T-Swift
    Posted at 21:54h, 17 May Reply

    Love me some chi-lites…….thank you my man!!

  • irolabuji
    Posted at 00:50h, 18 May Reply

    like this new blog, it is excellent!
    Thanks for the great music also and long live friend~!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 06:41h, 18 May Reply

    Freshly candies from Eugene, much sought after by many of us. Nice first steps that paved them strongly to the Chicago club soul community. Eugene was more on a songwriting/producing mode than that of having a group, but the man had a voice. Nasai kala Niko.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 07:08h, 18 May Reply

    So true my friend. I like this group so much i bought all their 70’s records. Moreover i also have their UK records with different covers.

  • ben
    Posted at 07:30h, 18 May Reply

    The Chi-Lites had a lush, creamy sound distinguished by their four-part harmonies. What a sound!!!

  • JJC
    Posted at 07:36h, 18 May Reply

    “Have you seen her” & “Oh Girl” are classics. They had 11 top 10 R&B hits.

  • JJC
    Posted at 07:55h, 18 May Reply

    Eugene had a long and fruitful collaboration with Barbara Acklin.
    I hope we’ll have something of her here too.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 07:58h, 18 May Reply

    Sure, why not. i have a couple of Barbara’s records.

  • bluetwang
    Posted at 08:25h, 18 May Reply

    Hi Niko

    Good to see you back on track! Enjoyed all your contributions to Lost-In-Tyme! Sure to discover so many things thanks to you!

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 12:51h, 18 May Reply

    Never knew this one was out there. Looking forward to checking it out and as always, thanks for the share.

    Peace and blessings

  • George
    Posted at 16:08h, 18 May Reply

    A Sweet soul classic. Group and record.

  • Ret
    Posted at 18:01h, 18 May Reply

    Just saw the photo of Dexter Wansel’s “Life on Mars”. My lord, i want it so much. i was told is a must have. Thank you for what you do here.

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 00:15h, 19 May Reply

    Thank you…..

  • Rich
    Posted at 15:23h, 20 May Reply

    Thankx nikos for this chilites album cANT WAIT TO HEAR IT

  • Van
    Posted at 04:50h, 22 May Reply

    For God’s sake give more funk to your people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Godfaz
    Posted at 18:12h, 28 May Reply

    Awesome !

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 10:34h, 02 June Reply

    Thank You very much for this trip down memory lane….

  • hecdolo
    Posted at 21:31h, 04 June Reply

    thank you

  • pd
    Posted at 18:45h, 25 August Reply

    thanks for sharing, i like the title track lot.

  • jean
    Posted at 04:40h, 30 October Reply

    i like the spirit of this record….joy …another good day thks dude

  • Jason
    Posted at 02:20h, 22 November Reply

    Awesome pick – thanks again!

  • jeferson
    Posted at 15:24h, 21 April Reply


  • alphabet
    Posted at 07:58h, 25 November Reply

    I can’t thank you enough!! You always got that ish I need

  • albgardis
    Posted at 01:41h, 07 July Reply

    Oh no! The link has been removed!
    I only know one track of this album (12th of Never), and I was so much looking forward listening to this album. I love that track, and the whole album is probably even better.

    If you could re-up that, I would be really grateful!

  • albgardis
    Posted at 22:46h, 18 August Reply

    Thank you so much for renewing the link. I have listening to this great album several times in the meantime, and I am really in love with it. The harmonies, the melodic sound, and the falsetto lead vocals make these songs just great.

    They don’t make music like this anymore, that is why I am looking into the past to find these old good albums. Thanks Nikos, for this outstanding album, and for the blog in general.

    And no (noting on your recent remark of considering to give up the blog), you must not go away. Would would we do without you?

  • oldestmember
    Posted at 04:43h, 06 October Reply

    Thank you so much this is a good look….Thanks again

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