The Whatnauts – 1971 Reaching For The Stars / 1972 – On The Rocks

The Whatnauts week ends up with 2nd and 3rd album which complete their discography. Both vinyl seems brand new (never played before) so are perfectly ripped on @320.

The Whatnauts needed a better name. That’s the main thing. They most definitely had the chops, with Billy Herndon on lead vocal and angelic falsetto, Gerald Pinkney on baritone and Garrett Jones in the tenor slot. They had the material, with classic slices of Philly soul like “Message From A Black Man”, “I Dig Your Act”, “Genuine”, “Please Make The Love Go Away” and “You Forget Too Easy”. They just needed two things: a better name and a strong record label. They went through several of the smaller labels (the biggest was Stang), never quite hitting the big time like their contemporaries the Moments, the Chi-Lites and the Stylistics, but their music is superfine and a joy to discover.

Give a listen. These men were the real deal!

Whatnauts-Reaching-for-the-stars-frontTracks
A1 Try Me (And I’ll Show You) 4.15
A2 Friends By Day (Lovers By Night) 3.27
A3 Alibis And Lies 3.39
A4 I Dig Your Act 2.25
B1 You Gave Me True Loving 3.09
B2 World 5.22
B3 We Will Always Be Together 3.34
B4 My Thing 3.12

This album is probably the best ever by this legendary Baltimore soul group and it’s darn impossible to find on the original vinyl! Includes the massive breakbeat track “World”, which starts with great hard drums, then leaps into a nice tight funky soul groove. Sweet harmonies, heavy soul, and a very raw production vibe make this an instant classic! (Dusty Groove)

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Tracks
A1 You Forget Too Easy (3:29)
A2 Heads Up (3:40)
A3 Hurry Up And Wait (4:07)
A4 I’m So Glad I Found You (3:15)
B1 Only People Can Save The World (4:33)
B2 Blue Fly Away (2:43)
B3 Why Can’t People Be Colors Too? (4:55)
B4 Ooh Baby Baby (3:17)

Heavenly harmony soul! This is the 3rd album by this famous east coast vocal group and it’s completely impossible to find in the original. The record has a great mix of heavy soul tracks like “Only People Can Save The World” and “Why Can’t People Be Colors Too?” plus some great mellow ballads, like “You Forget Too Easy”, “Blues Fly Away”, and “I’m So Glad I Found You”. The full original cover has the band sitting on some rocks (real ones), superimposed in a champagne glass! And as with their other records, the production and a fair bit of the songwriting was handled by George Kerr, the master of the east coast harmony sound so the sound is amazingly soulful! (Dusty Groove)

Our regular visitor, contributor and Soul Funk expert Groovy Emmanuel sent the following comment which deserves to be posted here : Those were glory days for the east coast soul scene, when indie labels such as Stang were firing on all cylinders and released some of the best music at the time. A sound not that distinguished as Philly or Detroit or Memphis perhaps, but by all means sweetened with loads of strings, sophisticated arrangements and some warm harmony vocals. A sound way too good to be ignored! So let us all give full credit to the great George Kerr who was also responsible among others for the fine sound of Skull Snaps and behind another Baltimorean harmony group, The Optimistics… Trying times as The Whatnauts sing.

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40 Comments
  • k02
    Posted at 14:30h, 04 July Reply

    Amazing Nikos thank you ever so much, that first whatnauts album that you posted has turned me into an instant fan hope these are just as good.

  • Jow
    Posted at 15:33h, 04 July Reply

    Yes, a truly great soul album. Thanks for sharing, god bless.

  • Messiah
    Posted at 16:27h, 04 July Reply

    NIKOS!!!! thanks good brother….I Just Can’t Lose Your Love had me stuck on that first Lp of theirs you posted so i can’t wait to get into these….thanks for another great post fam’. Be safe and be well. Peace.

    Messiah

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 18:16h, 04 July Reply

    K02 and Messiah, believe me these two are almost the same level with the debut. Whatnauts deserved a better career. Anyway, The Whatnauts seemed to have disappeared after 1974, but resurfaced in 1981 on Harlem World Records, with the often sampled funk classic, “Help Is On The Way”. Of course, Fat Larry Band molded their Dance classic, Act Like You Know from this song.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 19:58h, 04 July Reply

    have been after this one for a long time, thank you so much! love the blog!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 22:58h, 04 July Reply

    can’t wait to hear them… thanks for posting

  • kate
    Posted at 02:45h, 05 July Reply

    FINALLY, AMAZING GROUP.

  • St Johnny
    Posted at 02:50h, 05 July Reply

    Thanx for the whatnauts week.

  • Rich
    Posted at 07:25h, 05 July Reply

    Nikos thank u for the other two whatnauts albums there a real soulful group.

  • Kool Kut Cee
    Posted at 10:22h, 05 July Reply

    can’t wait 2 hear them too. Thx again!!!

  • oak
    Posted at 11:43h, 05 July Reply

    Looks amazing! Thank U so much. Excellent stuff in the blog.

  • MotherEArth
    Posted at 12:22h, 05 July Reply

    Nice rip. Thanks for the share and group info through the week. your efforts are much appreciated.

  • Gea
    Posted at 14:53h, 05 July Reply

    How’s it going nick? I already have “on the rocks” on mp3. Not the other two which are fantastic. Great post as always. Any change to share Madeline Bell or Toussaint McCall?

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 15:05h, 05 July Reply

    Introducing the whatnauts is much better than The chi-lites debut you posted last month. Even without Eugene Record they could be stars in a strong record label. so sad they didn’t make it.

  • Krisch
    Posted at 16:05h, 05 July Reply

    Thanks for the three Whatnauts albums, you’re running a great blog!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 16:29h, 05 July Reply

    Thanks for all the great Whatnauts posts Nikos. Really appreciate it.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:04h, 05 July Reply

    Soul is the Music, i agree that Introducing the Whatnauts is better than the Chi-lites debut. But The Chi-lites became better and better and had at least 3 amazing records in soul music history. “Give more Power to the People” and “A Lonely Man” are 5 stars records and the group is fairly considered as one of the most popular smooth soul group with a creamy sound distinguished by their four-part harmonies and layered productions.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:08h, 05 July Reply

    Gea, Yes i will post Madeline Bell’s “i’m gonna make you love me” and Toussaint McCall’s “Nothing Takes the Place of you”. Maybe one of them before my vacations at the end of July.

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 23:53h, 05 July Reply

    I’ll definitely be checking these treasures out. As always, a tremendous job!

    Peace and blessings.

  • samuel
    Posted at 03:13h, 06 July Reply

    Thanks once again!

  • london
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    So many thanks for giving me the chance to listen to this group.

  • manny
    Posted at 08:48h, 06 July Reply

    a two for one! thank you for posting, for the music itself and for helping me move more towards organization in my music collection

  • JTF
    Posted at 10:54h, 06 July Reply

    Looks like it’s time to lost the “best of” collection!

  • boss
    Posted at 13:03h, 06 July Reply

    Such an amazing week nikos. i play these 3 lp’s all the time. Heavenly music to my ears! thank u again and again.

  • yesyes
    Posted at 13:11h, 06 July Reply

    thanks alot!

  • marco
    Posted at 13:24h, 06 July Reply

    Nikos, these guys were the real deal as you put it down. A solid group. Can’t wait for Toussaint McCall’s album. Cheers.

  • Numba
    Posted at 13:46h, 06 July Reply

    I’ll end believing that you work for a hard drive company with all that releases. :)

  • Kizza
    Posted at 14:09h, 06 July Reply

    Lovin’ The Whatnauts week! Thanks for your efforts! This blog RULES!

  • Lookin4crates
    Posted at 18:31h, 06 July Reply

    WOOOOOOOOOOORD!

  • Rea
    Posted at 20:02h, 06 July Reply

    my favorite blog. Incredible work. Love and respect!

  • FatN
    Posted at 09:29h, 07 July Reply

    Thanks for introducing me to such great records and artists.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 13:45h, 07 July Reply

    Those were glory days for the east coast soul scene, when indie labels such as Stang were firing on all cylinders and released some of the best music at the time. A sound not that distinguished as Philly or Detroit or Memphis perhaps, but by all means sweetened with loads of strings, sophisticated arrangements and some warm harmony vocals. A sound way too good to be ignored! So let us all give full credit to the great George Kerr who was also responsible among others for the fine sound of Skull Snaps and behind another Baltimorean harmony group, The Optimistics… Trying times as The Whatnauts sing.

  • wishniak
    Posted at 15:15h, 08 July Reply

    thanks for these great albums. . such good sounds – there is a double cd release out in europe that has these three albums and some extra out takes etc. . if anyone wants to hear a more hi fi version. on sanctuary records i think.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:47h, 08 July Reply

    wishniak, thanks for the info brother!

  • MR PLAYA
    Posted at 21:39h, 08 July Reply

    great posts ..thanks a million. didnt have any of the Whatnauts on my pc before, but had best of on cd. excellent stuff. thanks again.

  • Stretch
    Posted at 22:32h, 08 July Reply

    LOL…I grow up in the 80’s and this album cover is funny to me…it looks like they’re sitting on crack!, besides that it’s a really good album.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 01:13h, 09 July Reply

    Thanks so Much for the Whatnaughts! Great Music!!

  • magno
    Posted at 02:52h, 14 July Reply

    This is an amazing treat, thanks a lot!!!

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 21:54h, 21 July Reply

    Hey brother Nikos! Sorry for my absence. I made it thru the art show with success! I sold 7 out of 9 pieces! I just wanted to stop by and say Hello and thank you for your kind words and musical inspiration. I love all of the selections on Funk My Soul. All of this great music and great friends got me thru some stressful times. Peace to you and the family!

  • SPC
    Posted at 22:08h, 26 July Reply

    Thankyou for the Whatnuts posts – I’ve realy enjoyed all three albums and have been playing them to anyone who’ll listen! This blog is an education in soul and I’m very grateful for all the nice sounds you’ve introduced me to.

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