Dynamic Five – 1978 – Love Is The Key

Dynamic Five Love Is The Key front

Well what do we have here ?

A trophy that even Indiana Jones failed to secure.  This is the stuff that dreams are made of – the Dynamic Five’sLove Is The Key’.  A European follower of Funk My Soul, whom we shall call ‘Dr Soul’, has expressed his love and respect for what we do here in our little magazine. Furthermore, he has been extremely gracious in donating this highly sought after rarity for us mere mortals to enjoy.

For those unfamiliar with its iconic status, this simple circle of vinyl managed to attain a winning bid of 3,300 bucks on EBay, the only time I have ever seen it for sale. I was clever enough to keep the covers, in case of a miracle.

Yes miracles still happen.

There is also a massive buzz right now on several blogs desperate to get their eager sweaty hands on this item.  Make no bones about it, this is as rare as it gets !! We are extremely proud to present this wonderful soul treasure for your listening pleasure, so please make sure you acknowledge an appropriately enthusiastic ‘Thank you’ to Dr Soul for this awesome share.

This is a @160 vinyl rip of the original (Manhattan ?) UA records LP including covers.

Tracks
A1  Lovers Lullabye 4.11
A2  Skyboat 4.27
A3  To Get To Heaven 2.45
A4  It’s so lonely 3.10
A5  One Way Or The Other 3.14
B1  So Much Love To Give 3.16
B2  You Got To Get Up 3.18
B3  Beautiful Lady 3.45
B4  Supreme Being 4.25
B5  Love Is The Key 4.30

Dynamic Five Love Is The Key Back Cover

Review by Trakbuv

The Dynamic Five.  Like some visitors from another galaxy, they swept into our world and were gone by morning.  The only evidence of them ever existing lying in a single long player.  The cover suggests they were normal people like you and I, but wearing spacesuits that could easily be mistaken for groovy pink wide lapelled shirts nestling beneath some dapper white jackets.  Pray look closer, what really lies behind those greeting smiles and that carefully photographed spacecruiser ?  Well, their message reassuringly is one of love, suggesting it to be a truly intergalactic phenomenon.  I managed to hack into NASA records to upload their dossier on the Dynamic Five sighting of 1978, produced by their man-on-the spot, Joe Reed.  This is what I found : Number: Five, Distinguishing trait: Dynamic, Last seen: Manhattan UA Records.  Status: Closed.  However, the US Government must be extremely embarrassed at how their effort to quell the incident has only fuelled the magnitude of its notoriety.  The Dynamic Five have now become the subject of whispers, urban legends and intellectual debate.  Well we are pleased to announce to the world an undoctored, unmitigated source of that elusive recording.

The album is a mix of sweet soul ballads and light funk numbers characteristic of the early 70’s suggesting the outfit not only had the ability of interplanetary motion, but also the gift of travelling back through time from 1978.  A cascade of strings usher the destitute ‘Lover’s lullaby’ introducing the incredible calibre of the tenor and falsetto leads, and the lush, velveteen harmonies.  Bittersweet never felt so good since the Chi-Lites perfected it back at the turn of the decade.  The next track was clearly played to death to extrude any correlation with space travel and their constant reference to ‘Skyboat, in the sky’.  There is an admirable nod towards some of the The Dramatics funkier moments again showcasing wonderful vocal performances.  ‘To get to Heaven’ has a tremendous tenor exalting the prize of leading a virtuous life, skipping along with a slight jazzy gusto.  Lovely.  This is followed by the disco-dabble of ‘It’s so lonely’, which to me is a slight failure due to the screeching falsetto lead and screeching violas competing unnecessarily.  Far more agreeable is the Motown-esque ‘One way or the other’, with a cracking lead squeezing gallons of fizzy emotion from the song accompanied by some delightful chord changes.  Masterful.  ‘So much love to give’ is a frilly pop number that has a great vocal, but little else to offer this listener.  That disappointment remained for the next track, albeit a slight improvement .  Both tracks felt contrived, and not nearly as comfortable as the rest of the LP with a bygone era.  Aaah, that’s much better.  I can soak all that tension away in a silken bath of poignant petals of foam, ‘Beautiful lady’ is simply gorgeous, and wonderfully produced.  A major accomplishment by all concerned.  What sounds like a different member taking centre stage, ‘Supreme being’ is a competent, mildly funky ode to the Lord.  They decide to sign out with the title track, which has the feel of an opus even though it times at only 4 ½ minutes.  It is a very busy, wonderfully creative track consummating the platter on a positive note, reminding me again of The Dramatics which is high praise indeed.

From the evidence before me, I would suggest that these semi-celestial beings are human after all.  The Dynamic Five were without doubt an A Grade troupe that could have easily competed with the best of the best with slightly better production, songs and promotion.  However, this in no way undermines the importance of the record.  This is yet another example of how commerciality deals out the cruellest cut when excellent records like this only find prominence in the hands of fortunate collector’s years after the artists have long been forgotten, assuming they were ever known.  I for one salute Dr Soul for redressing this imbalance and I pray that maybe, just maybe, at least one of the Five has a rye smile on his face at their postponed, richly deserved recognition and the joy they are bringing to you people right now.

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Before you get your shaking hands on the download link button, listen to what myself and Trakbuv consider as the best song of the album. The gorgeous “Beautiful Lady”

I’d like to thank “Dr Soul” (who prefers to stay anonymous) for this amazing contribution (I couldn’t believe my eyes when I received his mail) and the man behind the charismatic reviews, without him these posts would never been made, Trakbuv.

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88 Comments
  • JTF
    Posted at 05:31h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Well, thank you!

  • G MAN
    Posted at 06:00h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Thanx 4 sharing such a rare treasure…..I was just searching for this the other day and had given up until now…thanx again!!

  • BO
    Posted at 06:58h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    stunning !!! a big thnx to you and Mr Soul

  • MagicSoul
    Posted at 07:45h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    hehe…nice post ; )

  • manny
    Posted at 08:43h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    man i have been looking for this for a while… thank u so much

  • alphabet
    Posted at 09:54h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant believe it thanks so much to dr. soul and Nikos for this excellent blog!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • k02
    Posted at 12:42h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks Dr Soul

  • Loïc
    Posted at 13:10h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    The Roof is on Fire is credited to the Dynamic Three in my version (Street Sounds).
    Thanks for the album!

  • Traj
    Posted at 15:50h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    This is one that I assumed I would NEVER get to hear. Thanks to Dr. Soul for the share and to Nikos for providing a great blog to host it. Wow, wow, wow!

  • PEDRO
    Posted at 16:26h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    thanks for this i like obscure bands one offs its a shame that they didnt make it thanks for this

  • Michael
    Posted at 18:42h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Oh! Oh! Damn! nikos, it’s unbelievable…man!!!!! i can’t find words to express my gratitude for what you do with consequence here..Keep the faith.

  • ahawk
    Posted at 19:57h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos & Dr. Soul for the share.Cheers!

  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 20:46h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Big thank you, Nikos! Hope all is well.

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 20:46h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    I only heard a track from this album recently and it became an immediate “Must have” but with little expectations.
    Now it appears here, due to the love from Dr Soul.
    Doc – I’m indebted to you – thanks for such a selfless share, and thanks to Nikos and Trac for the extra mile…

  • Andre
    Posted at 22:17h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    i can’t believe my eyes i never thought i would ever get to hear this super rare & expensive gem. many many thanks to Dr. Soul you are the man right now!

  • flageolette
    Posted at 21:30h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Thank you Nikos!
    Cheers,

  • Doc
    Posted at 23:10h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    A huge thank you. I would never have been able to hear this if it weren’t for you and for ‘Dr. Soul’

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 00:58h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Superb text,one of most intelligent and funnies that i read ever.Thanks for sharing,unbelievable work

  • tswift98
    Posted at 02:01h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Incredible share!! Just incredible! Thanks Dr. Soul whoever you are!!

  • Paolo
    Posted at 02:15h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Madonna mia. Bravissimo

  • Broadway
    Posted at 05:10h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    I am Speachless!!! Thank You Dr Soul!!! ;o)

  • clark
    Posted at 05:47h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    after reading the description I was intrigued…and yes!- this is great stuff. THANKS! I really appreciate all you’ve done on this blog- I check it daily.

  • Roger
    Posted at 06:14h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    WOW. thanks a lot. I really appreciate this gem. I heard the beautiful lady track on youtube a while back and had been trying to find the full album.

  • Alphabet
    Posted at 06:35h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Again, thanx this album is great

  • FuNkAdeLiC
    Posted at 09:48h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Holy mother of all that is good…is this LP here!?!?!? How long have i searched for this masterpiece…WOW. Many thanx to all who made this possible =)

  • Bananas
    Posted at 13:51h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks! I’m sure this will make a few people disappointed, as their coveted treasure now is available to more than just the “elite soul clique” – great post!!!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 14:59h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks Guys – greatly appreciated!

  • hooch
    Posted at 14:59h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Many thanks guys – greatly appreciated!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:10h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks Dr. Soul, Nikos and Trakbuv. It’s greatly appreciated.

  • ghosty
    Posted at 15:41h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    nice lp… many people ask me to share this one ….but you do that before me 🙂 thanx

  • Tasha
    Posted at 17:16h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    hello NICOS

    THXXX for the very nice files on your blog,”THX”
    some files is very hard to find”THXX for this”

    yes,wat can i say for DYNAMIC FIVE – LOVE IS THE KEY this album is a wonderfull soul album for soul lovers,”MUST HAVE BEFOR DIE” LOL ok,THX NICOS your the BEST. ;)))

  • Noa
    Posted at 17:17h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    That’s why i love this blog. Super post all the way through. Nikos, Trakbuv, DrSoul and the rest stuff of funkmysoul – you are incredible.

  • rich
    Posted at 18:13h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    a huge huge thank u to you nikos and mr. soul great review by trakbuv too

  • J2x
    Posted at 18:18h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    THANKZ

  • Gea
    Posted at 20:55h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Brilliant donation on the best blog of the era. Top!Top!Top stuff.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 22:14h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Great stuff here. Very much sought after!! Much Thanks Nikos, “Dr. Soul”, and Trakbuv. You guys are amazing.

  • Marcha
    Posted at 22:21h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    this is insanely great. Thanks Dr. Soul for sharing this 😀

  • jean paris
    Posted at 00:31h, 24 March 2009 Reply

    Dr Soul thx for that beautiful lp….Nikos u my fav cyber shop..always good advices always good sounds(a cyber Soul bible..=)and last but not least Trakbuv..ur reviews are better and betters..thanks 4 ur Passion…Much Respect

  • culov
    Posted at 07:07h, 24 March 2009 Reply

    thank you to everyone involved in making this post

  • Leo
    Posted at 10:30h, 24 March 2009 Reply

    Wonderful. Keep it up guys. It’s all about love and sharing…You doing it perfectly…

  • Tom
    Posted at 12:23h, 24 March 2009 Reply

    Awesome – Thanks so much for posting guys,

  • Romanos
    Posted at 17:51h, 24 March 2009 Reply

    It’s more than i expected (from blogs) guys. deserved to be posted in here. I mean to one of the most respectable music sites. Keep it hot, nikos and your (dream team)crew. Romanos

  • Juliano
    Posted at 02:11h, 25 March 2009 Reply

    Thank you SOOOOO.. much for the Dynamic Five. Amazing.

  • Redddox
    Posted at 03:12h, 25 March 2009 Reply

    Great fun to hear this rare treat, thank you. The songs are all quite good. Keep up the great work

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 13:07h, 25 March 2009 Reply

    You got it right Redddox! Anacostia (for example) is much better but you see it is so damn rare, everyone involved with soul music was so desperate to get it.

  • Fever
    Posted at 16:02h, 25 March 2009 Reply

    a simple thank is not enough for what you offer us. Amazing work.

  • jeferson
    Posted at 03:27h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    obrigado

  • Knarf Notnan
    Posted at 04:48h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    I’m just feelin’ you all over!!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 10:08h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    Looks like it was worth the wait. peace.

  • DJ Timmy
    Posted at 11:24h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    i must be dreaming. Is it “The Love is the Key” i was always try to listen to? You made my day. Thanx so much.

  • Darko
    Posted at 18:08h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    Many thanks again!

    This is a great album,

    Cheers!

  • Paul
    Posted at 01:01h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Wow – thank you

  • Boris
    Posted at 01:47h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Simply fantastic. Keep up the great work.

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 06:04h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks. Finally!

  • Solar
    Posted at 10:56h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been looking for it forever.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 12:21h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Many thanks to Nikos, Trakbuv & Dr. Soul for this superb treat!

  • jim
    Posted at 17:00h, 27 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks!

  • Zion
    Posted at 01:25h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    yeah…. great post and thanks for the great review.
    Cheers

  • Randy
    Posted at 03:14h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    totally top notch!

  • yungbdaproducer
    Posted at 05:24h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    ayo son u dont even know how hard and long i been looking for this classic gem and u always come through may GOD bless you

  • Davis
    Posted at 17:06h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    Many thanks. Brilliant drop!

  • Rodolfo Santamaria
    Posted at 21:19h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    This blog is pretty damned impressive. So hats off to nikos and co.

  • doctorgroove
    Posted at 21:51h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    thanks a million to share with all of us this elusive record.
    respect to you!

  • crispy206
    Posted at 01:12h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    thank you for this and all the other wonderful posts….

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 23:03h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    flageolette, do not worry my friend. I’ve already asked my admin to add you.

  • flageolette
    Posted at 22:27h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    Sadly hurts my,and friends’ears..
    No wonder it’d a rarity,

    With all due regards,
    Thanks for the Heads up!

  • flageolette
    Posted at 22:28h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    How a bout the links exchange ,bro!

    Greetings,
    flageolette

  • flageolette
    Posted at 23:25h, 29 March 2009 Reply

    Who can say,I gladly woke up this beautiful morning..?
    Well I can,like you and many of our brothers and sisters..
    Regards M8,

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:29h, 30 March 2009 Reply

    Yesssss! been on the hunt for this a long time!!!!!

  • Raphy
    Posted at 05:17h, 30 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this rarity….I Live for moments like this….

    More hard stuff like this is on its way to this ‘INSTITUTION’

    Big Up!@!

  • Raven
    Posted at 14:33h, 30 March 2009 Reply

    This is an extremely elusive recording. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Ian
    Posted at 18:43h, 30 March 2009 Reply

    Thankyou! You have just made me very happy….Keep up the great work – we’re all ears!

  • bbowie
    Posted at 09:59h, 02 April 2009 Reply

    thanks so much, wonderful music!

    Bruce from Sydney

  • Steve
    Posted at 17:26h, 05 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this gem of a album.

  • jason
    Posted at 20:58h, 06 April 2009 Reply

    Guys this is a ou-of-this-world album. Thank you very,very much for this. What more can I say.

  • Eddy
    Posted at 10:02h, 13 April 2009 Reply

    Can’t believe how good this is! Major props to everybody involved in sharing this treasure.

  • Maciko
    Posted at 23:06h, 29 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks for sharing such treasure and thanks for all your great work

  • alex
    Posted at 14:47h, 12 May 2009 Reply
  • Jazzwhat
    Posted at 18:04h, 21 July 2009 Reply

    thanks for sharing!!

  • Timo Ellermann
    Posted at 15:28h, 28 September 2009 Reply

    Hey Dr. Soul do you still got the WAV Files of this Record (Str8 from Turntable -> Wav) ? man i would realy like to have those tunes as wav files !!! Espacially Beautiful Lady !!!
    I would play you for those man !!!

  • xwiler
    Posted at 05:01h, 18 November 2009 Reply

    this album is great. keep up the good work

  • mic legg
    Posted at 19:41h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    STUPID MAD LOVE DR. SOUL

  • Name
    Posted at 04:39h, 18 March 2012 Reply

    Wow. Amazing album. Can’t thank you enough for this one. Thanks Dr. Soul and FMS

  • ed nodda
    Posted at 13:44h, 06 August 2012 Reply

    thanx a lot!!!

  • JLebowski
    Posted at 23:07h, 27 August 2012 Reply

    Thanks for this great piece of music…cheers from Serbia

  • JLebowski
    Posted at 23:08h, 27 August 2012 Reply

    Thanks for this great piece of music…cheers from Serbia 🙂

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 01:48h, 25 October 2012 Reply

    I am so late but thank goodness not too late to miss this. As always first I read the bio. If that was not enough to wet my eardrums the YouTube sample was convinced me I wanted to hear all of this one. My kind of stuff!!!
    A huge thank you to Dr. Soul. I couldn’t hear this without your generosity. Trakbuv, nobody tells a story like you. Thank you. Last but certainly not least to our host. Thank you Nikos so much for keeping FMS for us all to enjoy. Shout out to all the staff too!!! Thank you.

  • steve
    Posted at 19:37h, 16 May 2015 Reply

    6 Years later, and thanks for this Dr. Soul!

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