The Entertainers – 1983 – The Entertainers
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HMC Rare Private Modern Soul, Hard-To-Find LP.
Wonderfully groovy soul from The Entertainers – a group who’s recording here strongly for the beach music scene in the Carolinas, but who have an appeal that’s much more universal! The tunes are mostly in an upbeat, midtempo mode – with a gentle bounce and a nice sort of step in the rhythms – that sweet groove that shows up in the best beach music classics – and which The Entertainers really have a lock on for this set!
But there’s also a warmer, more seductive feel going on too – a groove that fits in nicely with some of the early 80s modern soul work of the indie underground – and which helps get this album past any overdone cliches you might expect from the Carolinas – especially on some of the numbers that have a nicely compressed, almost poppish approach to the vocals. There’s a depth here that makes the record way more than just a bunch of simple steppers for the dancefloor.