Black Ivory – 1975 – Feel It
Mmmmmmmm…… The sounds of sweet soul music stirring in the taste buds of hungry music listeners. Around the early 70”s, there were quite a few of these wonderful sweet soul groups such as, The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics, The Fuzz, Chocolate Syrup, Soul Generation, First Class, Continental Four, and The Main Ingredient, and so on, to satisfy our desires, and to have our musical souls sweetened. Well, this group that hails from New York City, decided to add their magic touch to create a yummy ingredient for tasteful soul. Sweet soul fans,
I give you………… Black Ivory !!!!!
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Buddah record with covers
A1 Will We Ever Come Together (3:28)
A2 Your Eyes Say Goodbye (4:31)
A3 You’re Whats Been Missing From My Life (2:59)
A4 Daily News (Vocal) (4:46)
A5 All In A Day’s Love (2:43)
B1 Feel It (3:20)
B2 Warm Inside (3:32)
B3 Love, Won’t You Stay (2:05)
B4 Daily News (Instrumental) (3:11)
Sweet mellow soul meets the burgeoning East Coast club sound — and the result is a tasty album of groovers that includes the vocal and instrumental versions of “Daily News”, plus the cuts “Warm Inside“, “Feel It“, “Will We Ever Come Together“, and “All In A Day’s Love“. Arrangements by Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams, with the classic Black Ivory groove!
After a four-year absence, and minus producer Patrick Adams, Feel It, produced by Robert John, Mike Gately and Black Ivory, ranks as good or better than the previous two. Heavy on ballads, this offering contains three sides written by group members Leroy Burgess, Stuart Bascombe, and Russell Patterson: “Warm Inside“, “Your Eyes Say Goodbye” and the disco-oriented “Daily News“. The cream, however, is John & Gately’s “Will We Ever Come Together“, a vastly underrated ballad.
“Mellow Souls” changed the name in to “Black Ivory”The group recorded their first hit for the label entitled,” Don’t Turn Around”in 1971. The song became an instant smash, hitting No 38 on the R&B charts. An LP of the same title would surface around late 1971, and it’s a sweet soul masterpiece !!!
The LP ” Don’t Turn Around” would release 2 wonderful smokers such as, ” You and I” which hit No 32 on the R&B charts and ” I’ll Find A Way”. The Lp contains more classics featured such as, ” Find The One Who Loves You”, ” She Said That She’s Leaving” and ” If I Could Be A Mirror”. During this time in 1972, the would make personal appearances around the country, gaining fans from all over. In early 1973, the group released their second LP entitled,” Baby Won’t You Change Your Mind”.
Another beautiful masterpiece single would be released from the LP named ” Spinning Around” b/w ” Find The One Who Loves You”. The single became a doubled A sided hit around May of 1973. ” We Made It” which was never featured on the LP was released along with ” It’s Time To Say Goodbye”.
Even though Black Ivory released some great singles during the 1971-73 period, their label Today Records was going though some financial problems, so the group vowed to get out of their contract. After being released from their contact in late 1973, the group signed with the newly formed ” Kwanza Records label in early 1974. ” Kwanza” was a subsidary of Warner Bros. They recorded a funky get down single called “What Goes Around ( Comes Around)” and released it around the spring of 74,along with an appearance on tv’s Soul Train.
The label would fold very quickly, which prompt the group to sign with Buddah records in early 1975. They recorded a LP,” Feel It” and release another great ballad, ” Will We Ever Come Together”. They continued to record for the label until their last LP in 1977, ” Black Ivory”. By then steam was running out for the group and Leroy Burgess left the group, leaving Bascombe and Patterson to form Black Ivory as a duo. Their last hit as a twosome was a dance club favorite named, ” Mainline” in 1979. They split up in early part of the 80’s.