The Imperials – 1978 – Who’s Gonna Love Me

The credit of this post goes 100% to Trakbuv. He had the idea to send me a link of his LP  which is special to him and here the introduction of his mail to me :

“I REALLY REALLY enjoyed writing this – I have taken an actual interview article (everything in “” is genuine) with the band promoting this particular LP, and added my own words as the fictitious Dwight Debussy.And those 2 ballads are so special to me – I can remember the day vividly I heard them on the radio, sat all on my own on a Saturday morning about 1am, everyone else having gone to bed.These moments can’t be described !!”

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Power Exchange LP including covers.

A1   Who’s Gonna Love Me (5:09)
A2   You Better Take Time To Love (5:27)
A3   Where You Gonna Find Somebody Like Me (4:00)
A4   I Really Think We Can Make It Together (3:35)
B1   Dance With Me (5:47)
B2   Do What I Gotta Do (4:14)
B3   Can You Imagine (3:04)
B4   No One Makes Love Like You Do (5:00)

Review by Trakbuv

Welcome dear listeners to Station W.E.F.O.N.K with your host, Dwight Debussy – remember ‘that’s soul with a double D’, y’all ! Hope you’ve been good, but not too good – if you know what I mean.  Well, this week we have the pleasure of the revitalised Imperials in our company.  Who ? Well, I thought the same thing, until someone told me that they were the Imperials of ……’Little Anthony & the Imperials’ fame !!  Well knock me out with a feather, whodda guessed ?  Well, let me see here – what does ‘Dwight Debussy’s Definitive Soul Guide’ have to say.  Mmm, my soul finger is flicking to ‘L’ – here we are !  Anthony Gourdine was born in New York City in 1940. At age 15, he joined a doowop group called the Duponts, but it folded a short time later. He then co-founded a group called the Chesters. They made one record, and subsequently changed their name to the Imperials at the suggestion of DJ Alan Freed.  Little Anthony and the Imperials then proceeded to sign a record deal with End Records. Their first single on that label – which proved to be their biggest song ever – was ‘Tears On My Pillow’ in 1958. Two years later they had another top forty song  with ‘Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop’. Blah, blah, blahdy blah…..hope you’re still awake out there, no sneaking off now.
So, without further ado, let’s introduce our fine guests.  We have Harold Jenkins, the newest member Bobby Wade, and Clarence Collins, who is one of the original members of the doo-wap band, and actually pre-dates stereo folks !!  So Bob, if you don’t mind me calling you Bob, what is it like working with folk old enough to be your granpappy ?

“Actually, I think people are amazed that we are so young, but the group started out in their mid teens, and although we’re all in our early 30s, we are like veterans.”

Yeah, I call my great granmama a veteran to be kind.  Mind you, she did fight in 2 World Wars, and the Battle of Hastings.  Anyway, I think the viewers at home would like to hear more about Little Anthony, after all, he is the famous one isn’t he, no disrespect, Rob.

“It’s Bobby.  Actually, we talked to him just yesterday.  He’s been in a couple of TV films quite recently and a TV commercial for Chevrolet, too.  I think he occasionally does night club dates just as Little Anthony from time to time, also.”

So what is it with you guys, this is the SECOND time Little Anthony dumped you ? Ever considered washing more regularly ?

“Back in 1975, we not only lost Anthony, but our manager at the time, Don Taylor.  However, Don happened to see us in Vegas in November of ’76, and he was so impressed he promised he would find us a record outlet.  Within a short period, he had arranged Tony Silvester to cut 5 sides on us – ‘Who’s gonna love me’ being one of them.  That was March last year and we heard nothing until the November when the single had been released in England.  For the 6 months between – nothing – we started to forget about the session altogether !”

So what’s it like to be a second rate Stylistics, Don ?

“Well it’s funny, I joined (with Little Anthony) when we linked up with Avco Embassy Records (now H&L Records) and Thom Bell was assigned to produce us.  I felt with a little bit of luck, we could have been very successful then, but the company tended to hide us behind the Stylistics and we kinda lost out.”

So did you ever feel like spiking Russell Thompson’s (Stylistics lead singer) coffee with testosterone to ensure his angelic vocals never grace another record.  It’s not a crime to think it you know, Tom ?

“Well, erm…with respect to the current single, it took us a while to hear it was going down so well in England, and we understand that it is set for release in the States next month.  And we feel that the follow-up single – ‘Where you gonna find somebody like me’ – is even stronger.  And it’s not Tom, it’s Bobby !”

Sure, of course it is.  Well that’s all we have time for, a world exclusive – Tony of Little Anthony & the Imperials attempts to poison the lead singer of the Stylistics – you heard it first here from your host, Dwight Debussy – ‘Have a nice D-D-Day y’all’

The above article contains actual footage taken from ‘Blues & Soul Magazine’, no.245 (Feb 14-27, 1978), page 34.

With respect to the album, this is an extremely classy event.  Producer Tony Silvester has percolated a smooth aromatic flavour to the music that is warm and welcoming.  The lead has a slight supper club approach, but his resonance is undeniably steeped in soulful sweetness.  Even when it gets funky on ‘Can you imagine’, there is a polish to the groove.  However I rushed out to buy this LP for just two ballads – played on a single radio show within a space of an hour, and never heard on the airwaves again.  ‘You better take time for love’ is a deft brew of the hushed glow on a lover’s dawn – the saxophone, background vocals and strings basting a gentle, bitter sweet euphoria over its forlorn requester.  Unbelievably beautiful and one of my all-time favourite ballads.  Then we have ‘No one makes love like you do’ – another subtle movement as if not to break the rice paper it treads – floating on the warmth of burning platitudes.  Gorgeous.

Now, all of you, leave a comment and share your opinion on the album and post and  why not congratulate Trakbuv for another great contribution and review!

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Conversation for album: The Imperials – 1978 – Who’s Gonna Love Me

  • alphabet
    Posted at 18:02h, 14 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks!! Big ups to trakbuv for the LP!! Big-ups to the Godfather Nikos fro all he ‘s done!! You guys rule!

  • k02
    Posted at 21:23h, 14 April 2009 Reply

    Thank you nikos and trakbruv. I will definitely be giving this record a listen.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:16h, 14 April 2009 Reply

    great great album trakbuv many thanx

  • smurf papa
    Posted at 22:39h, 14 April 2009 Reply


  • Chris-T
    Posted at 00:05h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks for another gem.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 00:19h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Wow! Great post…great idea, great execution! I’ll get back to you after a thorough listening…and with the great expectations you’ve created – it better be awesome! :¬)


  • Lafayette
    Posted at 00:57h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    It is! It is! :¬)
    Wonderful album!
    And I had totally forgotten that Daft Punk sampled “Can You Imagine”!


  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:24h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Great LP!! Much Thanks Trakbuv! Peace

  • Simon
    Posted at 03:45h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Trakbuv, Nikos – great album and post, big thanks!

  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 08:30h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Wow! I forgot all about Who’s Gonna Love Me.” And I never knew it was the Imperials who sang it! Great post, Nikos!

  • GeGe
    Posted at 11:54h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Great stuff! Thanks for posting!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 13:04h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks Trakbuv and Nikos,again in the bull-eye.Keep sharing your konwledge,i’m always hungry.Thanks for your unbelievable work.Gracias

  • hooch
    Posted at 13:41h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos! – Great writeup Trak 🙂

  • Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 15:42h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Excellent post – both music and review are top notch! You spoil us rotten… Thanks!

  • Trag
    Posted at 16:39h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    I don’t know anything about this album; I can’t wait to give it a listen. Thanks for another great share.

  • marc
    Posted at 17:06h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    hello, after more than one decade of experience and almost 2 years of having my own record shop in cologne, this i must say is the true treasure. i know this record perfectly, it was one of my first. the coolest jerks you can imagine forget about these lps which only make soul was it is, the best music ever, so thanks for keeping a light in the window so we can all find home, with all my love and respect, cheers marc

  • DoC
    Posted at 17:19h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    The most important thing is the way you treat MUSIC. With respect to artists and visitors. Sharing knowledge and nothing but gems. Keep shining brothers…

  • Redddox
    Posted at 21:18h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    Many thanks to Trakbuv for this great album! 🙂 REally enjoyed it.

  • marc
    Posted at 00:19h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    hey people, if anyone wants to own this record, i still have one copy in my store, would be glad to help

  • dj Colourzone
    Posted at 23:34h, 15 April 2009 Reply

    I can’t believe you have this excellent Imperials album…THANK YOU SOOOO MUUUCH!!!! I have been looking for this album for quite sometime…Keep up the wonderful soul music!!!

  • Oak
    Posted at 01:30h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    Another winner post! thanx!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 10:59h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    Fantastic album, thanks Trakbuv & Nikos!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:21h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks Trakbuv and Nikos. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • RIM
    Posted at 17:53h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    Many thanks for the wonderful sounds. I’m a huge fan of Soul music. This is by far the best blog of the area.

  • Jordan
    Posted at 22:27h, 16 April 2009 Reply

    YO Trakbuc and NIkos!!!! THANK YOU

  • Frost
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 April 2009 Reply

    I’ve always wanted to check this out. Much appreciated. Awesome review.

  • Robert
    Posted at 16:27h, 17 April 2009 Reply

    thanks to you and Trakbuv,I’m listening to the Youtube track while I’m downloading the album and it sounds great!!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 10:19h, 18 April 2009 Reply

    Worth doing some digging in the crates right here on behalf of the production and arrangement skills of Tony Silvester and Dwight Brewster. Late seventies, greater New York City area, fire on the dancefloors. It’s a thin line actually, a blend of styles, a melting pot, grooves to move your body, some relaxing moments to the opposite, even a slight latin feel. It’s The Big Apple aura for sure. And yes, music is one. Thanks Trakbuv for keeping it rolling…

  • Troll
    Posted at 17:14h, 18 April 2009 Reply

    This looks dope cant wait to hear it..Thanks

  • Gregory
    Posted at 16:35h, 19 April 2009 Reply

    Excellent choice. Love this site.

  • mr playa
    Posted at 22:14h, 19 April 2009 Reply

    great review , great post,,,great work !!!

  • George
    Posted at 22:59h, 19 April 2009 Reply

    Another awesome post! Thanks again niko and Trakbuv. Enjoyable review.

  • Andre
    Posted at 04:17h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    thanks for all your hard work. much appreciated.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:48h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    Very sweet album, THank you

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 10:43h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    Trakbuv I almost missed this one. I’ve been a little under the weather and when I returned I didn’t see this posted right away. The Bio was as great as your favorite two songs. I’ve fallen in love with “No One Makes Love Like You”. Must have played it 50 times now. Amazing how some fantastic songs fade off without making a so much as a murmer main stream for the most part. Thanks so much Trakbuv for sharing your copy and your great Bio. We would have missed out without them.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    very very thx

  • whoknows
    Posted at 01:37h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    WOW!!! this is THAT stuff! thanks to Trakbuv and 4BB for relaying it! can’t wait to listen!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:35h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Love your blog. Thank you!

  • Messiah
    Posted at 02:33h, 28 April 2009 Reply

    Sweet! I know it’s been a minute but i’m back! Thanks Trak! And thanks Nikos!

  • manny
    Posted at 05:41h, 28 April 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • gianni
    Posted at 19:39h, 05 May 2009 Reply

    fantastic lp.
    thank you

  • analog6
    Posted at 06:35h, 20 May 2009 Reply

    Never heard of this one, but it looks promising. I’ll give it a spin. Thanks.

  • Dwight Brewster
    Posted at 22:50h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am the producer of this recording and writer of half of songs. I’m glad there is someone besides me who still thinks this music sounds ok. I know I’m bias (maybe because I made it!) but if there is a group of music lovers around who want to hear this stuff that means there is still a market for it. If you are interested in any of the stories behind the music contact me.

    Peace and blessings,
    Dwight Brewster

    Check out my radio show: show time Monday June 8th, 2009 9pm EDT

  • Nick
    Posted at 09:12h, 02 July 2009 Reply

    Always loves this album on vinyl but never got round to burning a copy until now, thanks for your help

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 02:55h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    Great LP!!!

  • mounir
    Posted at 03:32h, 03 September 2009 Reply

    the smooothy track you put is very good, i m gonna discover the lp, i’ll tell you the feels afetr listening

  • Stewart
    Posted at 21:28h, 05 September 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this.. used to be my last tune of the night when I DJ’d… killer tune… brilliant LP… even people who had never heard it before use to dance to it…

    …and I found the LP in Oxfam and only bought it because I LOVED the cover!!!

  • Si Owen
    Posted at 10:44h, 17 September 2009 Reply

    I was hooked on this track (still am) when I bought at the age of 13! those were the days. such a cool sound. Thanks so much for the info – i’d always they were THE imperials from the doo wop! what great training those guys had. This track still makes me shiver.

    Does anyone know if this album was ever released on CD. What a hidden gem!!

  • dd
    Posted at 03:44h, 23 October 2009 Reply

    Grew up on this after my folks hammered it, and looked for it for years after…
    Thanks for posting it up

  • FRZ
    Posted at 20:46h, 11 April 2010 Reply

    This Song Is Sooo Smooth! I Love It! Thanks A Lot

  • Eddie
    Posted at 19:36h, 16 March 2014 Reply

    Thanks a lot!

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