Quiet Elegance – You Got My Mind Messed Up
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These 16 selections include 13 tracks from Quiet Elegance’s seven Hi Records singles (one track, “I Need Love,” was a B-side twice), with three extra tracks thrown in for your good pleasure. Acting independently, producers Dan Greer and Willie Mitchell whip up a batch of hot, tough Southern sounds that were under-performed when released but are getting recognized decades later. Their interpretations of Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” and “Have You Been Making Out O.K.” (a piece of slow Southern brilliance) are worth the price alone, as are the title track, Betty Crutcher and Bobby Manuel’s “Mama Said” “I’m Afraid of Losing You” (their first single), and “How’s Your Love Life Baby?” (their final single). Greer is the songwriter, producer, and male lead on “You Brought the Sun Back Into My Life“; he also wrote three other winners. Lead singer Yvonne “Frankie” Gearing’s expressive soprano sh,amelessly exploits the heartfelt lyrics; she’s ably accompanied by Mildred Vaney and Lois Reeves’ (Martha’s sister) strong harmonies. A few tracks ape what the Emotions were doing at the time for CBS Records.