Barrino Brothers – 1973- Livin’ High Off The Goodness Of Your Love

Excellent North Carolina-based quartet on Holland-Dozier-Holland‘s label.

Another super rare release from the excellent Barrino Brothers whose 1972 single release ‘I Shall Not Be Moved‘ is one of the most sought after UK 45’s on the label.

The LP can easily boast many more gems too for example check out the opening song ‘Trapped In A Love’ which is another mid tempo treat that’s ideal for any commercial dance floor.For real collectors the highlight of the album must be the inclusion of the superb ballad ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’ which is a highly collectable item today.

This is a highly recommended purchase alongside the other Hot Wax/Invictus CD’s. A word of warning though, buy them now to avoid disappointment, and finding yourself waiting another thirty years until someone decides to re-issue them again.

This is @320 vinyl rip of my original Invictus record with covers



A1 I Had It All 4.16
A2 It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way 7.40
A3 Rain 6.39
B1 Try It, You’ll Like It 2.53
B2 I Can’t Believe You’re Gone 3.00
B3 Livin’ High Off The Goodness Of Your Love 4.02
B4 When Love Was A Child 3.44
B5 Well Worth Waiting For Your Love 3.31


I Shall Not Be Moved  & More

Julius, Bobby, Perry, and Nathaniel managed a couple 45s on the TCB label prior to signing to former Motown production legends Holland, Dozier, Holland‘s Invictus label in the early 70s. The production architects at Motown to both The Supremes and Four Tops first successful albums in 1964 (and their continued success while being produced by the trio), had by the latter 60s won their legal freedom from the label. By the early 70s the team was producing some of the best music to ever come out of their studios, releasing songs by Honey Cone, Chairmen Of The Board, Freda Payne, 8th Day, Smith Connection, as well as others, on several of their labels, including Hot Wax, Invictus, Music Merchant Records, etc.

By signing the Barrino Brothers it is believed it was the label’s vision to present a vocal group sound not present on the label at that time, what with Chairmen Of The Board presenting a rawer edged sound, Smith Connection- some very sweet soul, and 8th day not presenting a smoother, harmony sound. The Barrino Brother’s vocal harmony, including a deeper sound was unique to the label at the time. In 1973, on the Invictus label was released the group’s one and only album “Livin’ High Off The Goodness Of Your Love”.

Unfortunately, songs off the lp had as hard a task getting significant radio airplay as new shrubbery on the floor in the heart of the amazon! The group, as so many before them came to realize unfortunately, “it ain’t that easy“. Despite having production input from the legendary team, it was not enough to catapult the group to greater career success. The original 1973 album when appearing for sale, if in pristine condition, due to it’s obscurity and extremely low availibility, does command supply/demand numbers. The lp onto cd was released Japan only in the 80s. It has been availible to the worldwide market with 2 different titles (basically the same cd, one has a couple extra tracks, incl. instrumentals) for several years now, still as imports.

This is the release of a lost, vocal group, soul lp.


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    Posted at 06:08h, 07 May 2008 Reply

    thanks nikos great post

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 22:07h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Thank You…..

  • jerome green
    Posted at 09:33h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Very powerful music. Thank you for this lp. Hopefully, more people can experience these fantastic voices.

    Peace, Jerome

  • Willie
    Posted at 11:28h, 29 September 2008 Reply

    Wow, this is a great album. I never heard of the Barrino Brothers but man, they can sing. People of the world please download this link. You won’t regard it.

  • Chris
    Posted at 22:01h, 15 November 2008 Reply

    I guess the recession hasn’t brought the price down on this record or CD for that matter!!! The price of oil per barrel is cheaper than this Barrino Bros joint!!! Thanks for helping out. Peace

  • jcpage
    Posted at 12:09h, 07 December 2008 Reply

    singing def runs in this family. these guys are related to the one and only fantasia barrino. i should kno i went to school with her.

  • alphabet
    Posted at 22:35h, 27 December 2009 Reply

    Im finally getting around to going through your archives. whew!! You got some serious heat, thanks!!

  • Dan
    Posted at 19:42h, 03 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this excellent music.

  • Nathaniel Barrino
    Posted at 19:26h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    Some of what was written about us is true and some isn’t! Unfortunately, our album was never released in the States! When it was time for our release date, it was much too late for HDH! There were lawsuits leveled against them from their distributors, for mismanagement of funds designed to catapult their acts and support was canceled! Subsequently, we became an unknown entity and our album was pirated abroad alongwith other company acts! Politically,we were much too young to know if what in fact happened to HDH was their fault, or if their company’s pitfall was manufactured by their distributors! In any event, we were blessed to have worked with the greatest writers and producers ever and will treasure those special memories! Thanx a bunch for getting to know our music contributions and thanx for supporting our niece, Fantasia Barrino, as well as our nephews, K-Cee and JoJo/Jodeci! Much luv & peace, Nate Barrino & the Barrino Brothers.

  • Bob Lane
    Posted at 05:11h, 04 July 2011 Reply

    The Invictus Temptations for HDH!”I Had It All” was never promoted or receive any airplay.I still have my original album and i’d always play this cut and ask people what David Ruffin would have done with this jam-no disrespect to the Barrino’s and their great version.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 01:35h, 11 February 2012 Reply

    Fantastic music!! Thanks a lot!!

  • Jack Lane
    Posted at 19:04h, 08 December 2012 Reply

    I am going to put the cd on ebay tonight ,keep your eyes open for this cracker 🙂

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