Bobby Thurston – 1978 – Sweetest Piece Of The Pie

Killer Modern Soul rarity from the DC based MAINLINE label

A gem of a lost modern soul LP! Singer Bobby Thurston is working here with arrangers Al Johnson, Rodney Brown, and Willie Lester to craft some great end-of-the 70s tunes – done in a simple mellow mode, very honest, with keyboards and additional vocals by Johnson, and backings that are an extension of the late 70s Philly modern mode.

This is a @320 CD rip including covers

A1 Flash 4:36
A2 Na Na Na Na Baby 4:05
A3 I Want Your Body 4:22
A4 Sweetest Piece of the Pie 5:08
B1 Treat Me the Same Way 4:22
B2 We Got So Much to Stay Together For 3:33
B3 Foolish Man 3:20
B4 I Do Love You 4:20
B5 Just Ask Me 3:42

Whereas Bobby Thurston’s two Prelude LPs (1980’s “You Got What It Takes” and 1981’s “Main Attraction”) were primarily Disco-oriented releases this little-known gem from 1978 was more of a Philly Soul set comprised mainly of ballads and mid-tempo groovers. “We’ve Got So Much To Stay Together For” is an achingly beautiful Soul ballad that should have been a classic and both “Just Ask Me” and a nice remake of the Billy Stewart classic “I Do Love You” are also unmissable. This album was originally issued on producers Willie Lester and Rodney Brown’s Mainline label and is rightly viewed as one of the most collectable Soul albums of the 1970s. Thanks to all at Expansion Records for reissuing it on CD.

While Gamble & Huff ruled soul music in Philadelphia during the 70s, WilIie Lester & Rodney Brown were polishing up their act in Washington DC. By the end of the 70s, their Mainline Productions label was in the same business of signing local acts and working with the city’s finest singers and musicians. The late Bobby Thurston is one of the artists who brought the magic of Lester & Brown to life, eventually delivering one of their biggest ever bits in “Check Out The Groove” at the top end of the all new sounding 80s. By then, the team were weaving their magic for another label Prelude where they also had major success with Sharon Redd (giving her the biggest bit of her career too with “Can You Handle It”). Bobby had originally sang background vocals and played congas with a high school group Spectrum Ltd, though eventually took over as lead singer while maintaining a day job with the Washington State Department.

“Sweetest Piece Of The Pie” was recorded for the Mainline Records label in 1978. While an independent, the combination of richly orchestrated, funky yet sensitive songs, often laced with bold crispy brass and a twist of jazz established their unique style while resembling the quality and substance of a major label release. In fact this album to me represents some of their most outstanding music, if not their best work. Now as we know, quality and chart success don’t always go hand in hand, and despite the Prelude hits and later more work on their revitalized Mainline, modern day r&b eventually moved on considerably. Ironically, whereas Prelude put Brown, the late WiIlie Lester and Thurston on the map with two albums “You Got What It Takes” (1980) and “The Main Attraction (1981)” they had a lot to answer for when D-Train’s electro funk hit “You’re The One For Me” changed the course of r&b towards programmed keyboard sounds forever! (Ralph Tee, Info extracted from inner cover of cd)

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Bobby Thurston – 1980 – You Got What It Takes

Bobby Thurston ‎– You Got What It Takes

As a bonus his 2nd album including the hits Check Out The Groove”and “ You Got What It Takes“.

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  • Martini
    Posted at 16:09h, 23 January 2011 Reply

    Wonderful post! Thank you! I love it

  • Cesar
    Posted at 23:12h, 23 January 2011 Reply

    Thanks for sharing this excellent album.

  • KenG
    Posted at 01:47h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    Thank you for this incredibly soulful album. I dig almost everything you share, but these Philly soul-like lost treasures grab me like nothing else. An absolute delight.

  • Ian
    Posted at 04:17h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    damn, just, damn

  • steve
    Posted at 07:09h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    amazing, great stuff, thanks for great music

  • Jan
    Posted at 14:46h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    wow!! Great. Great. Great.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:54h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    very good post nikos

  • Victoria
    Posted at 23:06h, 24 January 2011 Reply

    smooth :)

  • Robert
    Posted at 02:26h, 25 January 2011 Reply

    thank you for this great discovery!!

    What a great voice:)

  • Manu
    Posted at 11:53h, 25 January 2011 Reply

    Fans of sweet Soul probably already have this, but if not, do yourself a favor and pick this up. Great songs and production, a lovingly compiled set. Thanks for bringing this here. Thanks for the bonus too.

  • Javier
    Posted at 17:12h, 25 January 2011 Reply

    Amazing. There’s Not Enough Thanks For This…

  • Jim
    Posted at 23:35h, 26 January 2011 Reply

    Unknown to me,but a great find.
    Thanks a lot for this amazing sharing!!!

  • Georgia
    Posted at 10:52h, 27 January 2011 Reply

    Nice music thanks to Nikos and the stuff of FMS.

  • Baritonus
    Posted at 23:44h, 27 January 2011 Reply

    Very good and pleasant albums! Thank you very much!! 🙂

  • Pele
    Posted at 00:32h, 28 January 2011 Reply

    Many thanks. I knew ” You Got What It Takes“, but not heard the other album. It’s simply brilliant. First class sweet soul numbers. Much appreciated.

  • Marco
    Posted at 16:49h, 28 January 2011 Reply

    Superb post. Gracie.

  • Josh
    Posted at 20:11h, 29 January 2011 Reply

    Well done again.

  • Kenneth
    Posted at 14:28h, 30 January 2011 Reply

    Clips are fine. I am not familiar at all with that guy. Thanks.

  • Marios
    Posted at 14:32h, 30 January 2011 Reply

    As always, I appreciate the high quality postings. Thanks!

  • Andy
    Posted at 11:41h, 31 January 2011 Reply

    I’m happy to have an opportunity to explore those gems. 🙂

  • Black Baron
    Posted at 20:47h, 31 January 2011 Reply

    You’re the best! Been coming to your site for over a year and downloading the gems. Keep doing what you’re doing. Thanks.

  • Maurice
    Posted at 00:10h, 02 February 2011 Reply

    Oh I’m familiar with his 2nd and 3rd album and i feel so happy to explore his brilliant debut with the mid-tempo groovers. Thanks a lot.

  • rawdigga
    Posted at 05:35h, 02 February 2011 Reply

    thanks for all these records, really appreciate your hard work.

  • G
    Posted at 21:31h, 02 February 2011 Reply

    Thanks Nikos and the team! Great as always!

  • Ian
    Posted at 23:30h, 03 February 2011 Reply

    Thanks for another “slice” of Pie!

  • aLEX
    Posted at 12:52h, 04 February 2011 Reply

    Always the unelectable gems on here. Great blog.

  • Mary Criti
    Posted at 16:57h, 06 February 2011 Reply

    Wonderful album from a very talented person.
    Thanks for the good music.

  • matt
    Posted at 22:40h, 06 February 2011 Reply

    Awesome LP tHANK YOU

  • Melvin
    Posted at 01:34h, 08 February 2011 Reply

    Much love for sharing such an amazing collection.

  • hooch
    Posted at 21:51h, 19 March 2011 Reply

    Many thanks indeed – lovely albums!

  • k02
    Posted at 14:06h, 22 March 2011 Reply


  • Fred
    Posted at 22:29h, 26 May 2011 Reply

    Fond of never ending dance community ( born 1962 )
    French, spent years and years by listening and dancing on
    this kind of music which is my ‘wayoflife’ as a way to never become old.
    I remember from the 80’s by recording radio’s dance stations 400 cassettes recorded !!!! )

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:21h, 17 November 2016 Reply

    Damm, thanks for this opportunity, great album.

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