The Futures – 1975 – Castles In The Sky
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The Futures were one of the most criminally underrated soul harmony vocal groups of the 1970s. Despite the greatness of their recordings, they failed to make it big. This 1975 release is deservedly viewed as a classic “Sweet Soul” album today although it went nowhere when originally released. Highly recommended.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Buddah record with covers.
A1. Castles 7.52
A2. ( Love Lives On A) Windy Hill 4.29
A3. Don’t Close The Book 3.03
A4. Super Love 2.44
B1. I Had A Dream 6.52
B2. Every Man Is God 5.40
B3. Do Unto Others 3.05
B4. Love Will Be Around Forever 3.50
B5. Ninety Days ( In The House Of Love Correction) 3.04
The first LP issued by The Futures a fine Philly vocal quintet who’d recorded a number of singles earlier in the 70s, but who finally cracked the LP racks with this 1975 release! The group’s got harmony chops that are plenty strong — with an ability to hit both a sweet soul sound and a deeper righteous groove that was being used by some of the funkier groups at the time. This album’s not the group’s strongest, but it’s got more than enough great moments — thanks to some sweet arrangements by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who give the group a sound that’s sort of a 70s extension of the Motown sound of the end of the 60s. There’s some pretty catchy numbers on the album like “Do Unto Others“, “Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction“, and “Super Love” and the album begins with a nice stretched-out groover called “Castles“.
It’s a mystery why Buddah would released this album and not promote it; they didn’t issue but one single from the LP. Seven of the eight songs are Reginald Turner, Victor Drayton, John Bellmon, and Jerry Akines compositions, the talented Philadelphia singers and songwriters who penned “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You,” a hit for Wilson Pickett and the Spinners. They also recorded themselves under various names including the Formations, the Corner Boys, and Frightened Majority. Barbara Mason penned the other song, a funky jam entitled “Ninety Days (In the House of Love Correction)“. There are some good songs including “Super Love“, “(Love Lives on A) Windy Hill“, and “Don’t Close the Book.“. “Castles” in June of 1975, was the only single issued. A good catch if you can find a copy.
Formed 1968 one of Philadelphia’s finest groups,The Futures made a poor career move when Gamble Records ended up by signing with Buddah Records, thus missing a golden opportunity to join Philadelphia International Records.
Their first Buddah release ‘(That’s) The Way Of A Woman In Love’ b/w ‘Grade A Woman,’ was released in January 1974.The second single ‘No One Could Compare’ b/w ‘You Better Be Careful’ was released shortly afterwards.
Without the major label support that Philadelphia had to offer bands like the O’Jays, and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes & the Stylistics, the band failed to reap the benefits of their productions.
Buddah released the Futures third single ‘Castles’ June 1975, which continued the string of under achievments. They issued the Futures’ first album ‘Castles In The Sky’, in 1975 which didn’t include the first two singles. Its promotion was almost non existent. Barbara Mason wrote their final Buddah single ‘We Got Love,’ prompting a poorly promoted tour with Philly’s First Lady of Soul.
Finally, they reunited with Gamble & Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company’s glory days were over.The first release ‘Part Time Party Time Man,’ was their most successful single. Its ‘rare groove’ successor ‘Ain’t No Time For Nothing,’ was succeeded by three more singles including ‘Mr. Bojangles. ‘Philadelphia International released two albums by the Futures, ‘Past, Present & The Futures’, and the obscure ‘The Greetings Of Peace’.