The Lost Generation – 1970 – Sly, Slick And The Wicked
A killer album, from start to finish. Simple as that!
A gorgeous harmony soul classic from 1970. Produced by Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites.
Chicago soul vocal group the Lost Generation had their biggest hit with “The Sly, Slick and the Wicked,” a mellow ballad that hit number 14 R&B and number 30 pop in the summer of 1970.
Their “Sly, Slick and Wicked” is one of the most mezmerizing, incredibly produced soul songs I’ve heard in ages: it just saunters in on those melancholy strings, offering a “wall of sound” production that drapes you in velvet moods. Throw in the Lost Generations’ harmonizing and vocals plus an echo box and this song simply can do no wrong. Best thing ever.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Brunswick record including covers.
A1. Sly, Slick, and the Wicked 2.57
A2. Love on a Two-Way Street 3.21
A3. Give Me Just a Little More Time 2.42
A4. You’re So Young, But You’re So True 2.31
A5. Sorry I Can’t Help You 3.08
B1. Someday 3.24
B2. Love Land 2.30
B3. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 3.25
B4. Wasting Time 1.56
B5. Wait a Minute 2.27
Produced by : Eugene Record – Directed by : Willie Henderson – Arranged by: Thomas Washington
One of the greatest harmony soul albums to ever come out of Chicago, a sublime batch of tracks that showed that the mighty talents of The Lost Generation could easily match the best vocal group work coming out of the east coast at the time! The sound here is somewhere in the moody, mellow territory of early Moments or Whatnauts, tunes that are steeped in older vocal group traditions, but turned towards a more badass mode for the 70s, a style that still keeps some sweet and fragile aspects in tact, but which also has a great undercurrent of darkness too! The group get some great help in the studio here from arranger Tom Washington, bandleader Willie Henderson, and producer Eugene Record –– the last of whom was already figuring out how to record vocals wonderfully with his own group, The Chi-Lites. Titles include the group’s amazing single “The Sly The Slick & The Wicked” recorded with an amazing echoey feel that’s worth the price of the album alone! Great tracks include my favorite “Wait a Minute” and a few remakes of tunes from their contemporary harmony competitors.
Heavenly harmonies on vinyl, Chicago’s Lost Generation consists of Lowrell Simom (lead singer and Songwriter),his brother Fred Simon, Larry Brownlee and Jesse Dean.
They never went platinum or gold but their biggest record Sly, Slick & the Wicked influenced hundreds of groups; a Cleveland, a Californian, and an East Coast group have all named themselves Sly, Slick & Wicked. Ironically, though it was intended as a warning to women, the song appeals more to men. Brunswick wasted the bouncy “You’re So Young but You’re So True,” on the back of “Talking the Teenage Language” (not included). A silky smooth “Wait a Minute,” with its hesitating beat, went to #25 in the R&B chart. They do enjoyable renditions of Chairmen of the Boards’ “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Moments’ “Love on a Two Way Street,” and the Delfonics’ “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind.”
A few notes about Lowrell Simon
Lowrell Simon had an ’80’s hit with ‘Mellow Mellow Right On,’ which has been the source for numerous raps and samples, most notably Massive Attack’s ‘Lately,’ Markie Dee, and Chicago rapper Common.
Lowrell contributed to the movie soundtrack to the 1974 Gordon Parks Jr. film ‘Three the Hard Way’ starring Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly. The soundtrack LP featured the Impressions.
In 1999, Edsel released – The Sly, Slick and the Wicked (1970, originally released on Brunswick) and The Young, Tough and Terrible (1972, originally released on Brunswick) by the Lost Generation on one compact disc. I know there’s an LP reissue and if you are lucky you can find an original NM LP copy (especially if it is less than 50 usd buy it straight away)