Al Hudson & The Soul Partners -1977 – Cherish
A great little album of up-tempo soul from Al Hudson – recorded in the years before he formed his One Way group, but with a similar approach that’s kind of an answer to disco, putting a bit more funk into the mix for the dancefloor.
His group benefits from the talents of Kevin McCord, who plays bass and sings a bit – although Al’s doing all the lead vocals on this album.
A1 If You Feel Like Dancin’ 2:41
A2 I Like Everything About You 2:40
A3 Survivor of Love 3:44
A4 Cheating Is a No No 6:19
B1 Why Must We Say Goodbye 3:40
B2 Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled and Fell 3:45
B3 Cherish 5:52
B4 If You Get Caught 3:32
AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
A good offering from one of the most exciting live acts to emerge from Detroit’s overflowing music scene. Al Hudson and the Soul Partners are not a traditional vocal group lineup, though they sound like one. The personnel are Al Hudson (lead vocals), Kevin McCord (lead vocals & bass guitar), Cortez Harris (vocals & guitar), Jack Hall (piano), and Theodore Dudley, Jr. (drums). This eight-song collection is stuffed with ballads.
Al Hudson sings in a gospel-inspired tenor that’s more commonly heard on recordings produced below the Mason-Dixon line.Kevin McCord has one of the coolest falsettos in soul music; it’s similar to the false voice of the late William Powell (O’Jays). The title track is an epic ballad that reveals Hudson’s roots; “Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled and Fell” is a classic ’60s love song that features Hudson, McCord, and Cortez Harris on vocals. The material could be stronger; still, it’s well executed by the Detroiters.