The Emotions – 1977 – Rejoice

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A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they’d been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There’s a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group’s wonderful track “Don’t Ask My Neighbors“, a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge “Best Of My Love“, a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come.

Tracks
A1 Best of My Love 3:40
A2 A Feeling Is 3:36
A3 A Long Way to Go 3:48
A4 Key to My Heart 5:21
A5 Love’s What’s Happenin’ 3:18
B1 How’d I Know That Love Would Slip Away 4:41
B2 Don’t Ask My Neighbors 4:26
B3 Blessed 4:36
B4 Rejoice 5:22

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In the summer of 1977 the Emotions came out with their second Maurice White produced album and from the start we get the r&b/dicso smash “Best Of My Love” which went number one r&b and pop. This song became their trademark song which is sung by lead singer Wanda Hitchinson and was played in disco’s all across the country. This albums is flawless and you can let it play all through but my personal favorites are “Don’t Ask My Neighbor“,”Blessed“, and “Rejoice” which are all the last three songs on the album respectively. The second single “Don’t Ask My Neighbor” with its laid back and sexy melody was also a big hit off this album, but the best song has go to be the inspirational “Blessed” with its its back and forth tempo and another stunning lead by Wanda showing off her great vocal range on the vamps. The production by Maurice(who also helped out on vocals) and co-producer Clarence McDonald is top notch and the song arrangements are all done by Tom Tom 84, with key members of Earth Wind & Fire(which include bassist Verdine White and drummer Fred White,and guitarist Al McKay) supplying their excellent musicianship along with other great studio musicians of the era. Some of these songs could have been done by EWF which is really not a bad thing considering the band was at a peak moment in their careers creative wise. One of many albums the Emotions collaberated on with Maurice White and their most popular, considering its the only one available on cd. A sure keeper and a must have along, but still waiting on the previous album Flowers to be release on cd which was also great.

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Rejoice featured two singles, and both rendered Top Ten action. The first was the rapidly paced R&B number one “Best of My Love“. This spirited cut is seasoned with a fierce arrangement, in particular the horns, and incomparable vocals. In addition, it claimed the number one position on the pop charts for five straight weeks. The second single, “Don’t Ask My Neighbor“, came on a mellower note. This album, the second under the tutelage and production of Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, could have continued with several more chart-successful releases. The radiance the Emotions impart is heartwarming and uplifting. Their gospel roots bring a welcome spiritual feel to this album, which is a superb effort.

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20 Comments
  • Marlon
    Posted at 17:55h, 18 July 2015 Reply

    Great group and Lp.

  • Demeko
    Posted at 20:20h, 18 July 2015 Reply

    good lookin out. i needed this one. much appreciated!

  • nik
    Posted at 04:54h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    thanx

  • Emily
    Posted at 11:00h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    One of my fav girls group ever

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 18:43h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    beautiful voices that is tight

  • Oskar
    Posted at 19:31h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    Music that invokes memories and true feelings

  • Lukas
    Posted at 19:35h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    Maurice White and EWF knew what was up with these Emotions!!!

  • Rea
    Posted at 22:49h, 19 July 2015 Reply

    I so love this song since way back ,

  • Terrence
    Posted at 10:55h, 20 July 2015 Reply

    Can listen to over and over again….

  • Fred
    Posted at 11:27h, 20 July 2015 Reply

    harmony

  • Ian
    Posted at 11:33h, 20 July 2015 Reply

    Such beautiful music sung by angels

  • Amalia
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 July 2015 Reply

    Favorite childhhood girl group.

  • Mike
    Posted at 11:27h, 21 July 2015 Reply

    these ladies are a rare gem thanks EWF for helping to bring them along

  • Jackie
    Posted at 12:50h, 21 July 2015 Reply

    This is an all-time classic and will never get old!

  • Lars
    Posted at 08:43h, 22 July 2015 Reply

    Thank you for sharing such great knowledge and music.

  • Ben
    Posted at 08:53h, 22 July 2015 Reply

    Many many thanks, as usual.

  • Antonio
    Posted at 09:56h, 22 July 2015 Reply

    Digging deep into the soul

  • Farow
    Posted at 09:20h, 23 July 2015 Reply

    A very good listen all the way through, thanks.

  • Orlando
    Posted at 10:10h, 24 July 2015 Reply

    thanks for this classic lp

  • Ariel
    Posted at 10:04h, 06 August 2015 Reply

    This is the most beloved music from my teenage parties! Thanks!

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