The Lost Generation – 1970 – Sly, Slick And The Wicked

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A killer album, from start to finish. Simple as that!

A gorgeous harmony soul classic from 1970. Produced by Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites.
Chicago soul vocal group the Lost Generation had their biggest hit with “The Sly, Slick and the Wicked,” a mellow ballad that hit number 14 R&B and number 30 pop in the summer of 1970.
Their “Sly, Slick and Wicked” is one of the most mezmerizing, incredibly produced soul songs I’ve heard in ages: it just saunters in on those melancholy strings, offering a “wall of sound” production that drapes you in velvet moods. Throw in the Lost Generations’ harmonizing and vocals plus an echo box and this song simply can do no wrong. Best thing ever.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Brunswick record including covers.

A1. Sly, Slick, and the Wicked 2.57
A2. Love on a Two-Way Street 3.21
A3. Give Me Just a Little More Time 2.42
A4. You’re So Young, But You’re So True 2.31
A5. Sorry I Can’t Help You 3.08
B1. Someday 3.24
B2. Love Land 2.30
B3. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 3.25
B4. Wasting Time 1.56
B5. Wait a Minute 2.27

Produced by : Eugene Record – Directed by : Willie Henderson – Arranged by: Thomas Washington

The Reviews


One of the greatest harmony soul albums to ever come out of Chicago, a sublime batch of tracks that showed that the mighty talents of The Lost Generation could easily match the best vocal group work coming out of the east coast at the time! The sound here is somewhere in the moody, mellow territory of early Moments or Whatnauts, tunes that are steeped in older vocal group traditions, but turned towards a more badass mode for the 70s, a style that still keeps some sweet and fragile aspects in tact, but which also has a great undercurrent of darkness too! The group get some great help in the studio here from arranger Tom Washington, bandleader Willie Henderson, and producer Eugene Record –– the last of whom was already figuring out how to record vocals wonderfully with his own group, The Chi-Lites. Titles include the group’s amazing single “The Sly The Slick & The Wicked” recorded with an amazing echoey feel that’s worth the price of the album alone! Great tracks include my favorite “Wait a Minute” and a few remakes of tunes from their contemporary harmony competitors.


Heavenly harmonies on vinyl, Chicago’s Lost Generation consists of Lowrell Simom (lead singer and Songwriter),his brother Fred Simon, Larry Brownlee and Jesse Dean.
They never went platinum or gold but their biggest record Sly, Slick & the Wicked influenced hundreds of groups; a Cleveland, a Californian, and an East Coast group have all named themselves Sly, Slick & Wicked. Ironically, though it was intended as a warning to women, the song appeals more to men. Brunswick wasted the bouncy “You’re So Young but You’re So True,” on the back of “Talking the Teenage Language” (not included). A silky smooth “Wait a Minute,” with its hesitating beat, went to #25 in the R&B chart. They do enjoyable renditions of Chairmen of the Boards’ “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Moments’ “Love on a Two Way Street,” and the Delfonics’ “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind.”

A few notes about Lowrell Simon
Lowrell Simon had an ’80’s hit with ‘Mellow Mellow Right On,’ which has been the source for numerous raps and samples, most notably Massive Attack’s ‘Lately,’ Markie Dee, and Chicago rapper Common.
Lowrell contributed to the movie soundtrack to the 1974 Gordon Parks Jr. film ‘Three the Hard Way’ starring Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly. The soundtrack LP featured the Impressions.

In 1999, Edsel released – The Sly, Slick and the Wicked (1970, originally released on Brunswick) and The Young, Tough and Terrible (1972, originally released on Brunswick) by the Lost Generation on one compact disc. I know there’s an LP reissue and if you are lucky you can find an original NM LP copy (especially if it is less than 50 usd buy it straight away)

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Conversation for album: The Lost Generation – 1970 – Sly, Slick And The Wicked

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:00h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    Absolutely fabulous album! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    You’ve made my day – again! :¬)


  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:17h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    Eugene Record has produced it so you know it’s quality soul all through. The title track is a lovely soul pearl in same style as Delfonics but more up tempo soul.

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 16:35h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    Thank You Very Much for this brother Nikos! I have wanted to hear this whole record for a long time! I could not find it anywhere. Thanks for all of your hard work and wonderful shares. Peace & Blessings!

  • hooch
    Posted at 18:03h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    thank you man – superb album!!!

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 18:06h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    thank you.

  • andre
    Posted at 18:28h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    thank u, i’ve been wanting this one for a while now, can’t wait to listen to it. u are truly appreciated. THANKS

  • k02
    Posted at 18:42h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    Been eager to hear this, thank you very much Nikos

  • Jess
    Posted at 20:15h, 29 May 2008 Reply

    Damn! how did i miss this! Big thanks.

  • pedro
    Posted at 00:53h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    another great upload one fine album didn’t brunswick turn out a lot of good stuff thanks again

  • JTF
    Posted at 01:22h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Nice one…

  • robert
    Posted at 01:44h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    that youtube song is just killer… can’t wait to hear the rest!


  • soulsizzle
    Posted at 02:23h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Just wanted to say I appreciate the work you do man. A lot of cats tryin to do the same thing skip on name the files logically and editing the mp3 tags. Definitely appreciate that you do. Much respect. And this album has quickly became one of my favorites.

  • fooliver
    Posted at 02:38h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    A fantastic album. Thank you!!!!

  • Myrhax
    Posted at 04:19h, 30 May 2008 Reply


  • wishniak
    Posted at 05:21h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    great sounds – never heard it before! – thanks again.

  • wishniak
    Posted at 05:30h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    no wait – i have heard THAT one. . cool

  • mulatt
    Posted at 05:57h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Never heard this group but xcited 2 listen.Thanks

  • kb
    Posted at 09:17h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    big thanks for this post!
    “just give me a little more time” – killer track

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 09:41h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    kb, indeed a great cover but listen the origianl by The Chairman of The Board, i’ve posted a few days a go (another must have album). The Lost Generation debut is killer all the way through as i noted in the post. My personal favorites are “Sly, Slick, and the Wicked” and “Wait a Minute”.

  • Kizza
    Posted at 10:36h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Another classic post!
    Can’t thank you enough for all the gems you drop on us!

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 11:52h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    I know the single, never heard the album – a great post Nikos, I’m looking forward to listening to this

  • Godfaz
    Posted at 12:22h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    As usual, you rock !!!

  • Bobby Fever
    Posted at 13:17h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    awesome thanks!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 15:38h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Brunswick’s Chicago sound was the crossing between Memphis and Detroit, and this great album by this great harmony group has been equally profited by the sound of both ends (an imaginary jam session between Smokey Robinson and Sam & Dave, for instance.) And Eugene was the man behind them all, the driving force, the binding link, producing, songwriting, singing, playing the bass…. i’m not even sure if he was the one who made the coffees.

  • Rich
    Posted at 16:03h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    What up nikos u cant go wrong with this group is there any ohter albums from this group out

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:04h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Oh!!!!! Groovy M!!!!!!! no one can describe it better than you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. You remind me that i haven’t post any Smokey (i adore him) or Sam & Dave (also a powerful duo) yet. I’ve just discovered, Brunswick had a coffee machine! a! ha! ha!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:25h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Hi, Rich. Their second and last lp “The Young, Tough and Terrible” from 1972 is rarest but not as good as this one. i’ve got it on mp3 and i can sent you a link when i find the time.

  • willjello
    Posted at 22:32h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    thank you for this stone cold killer classic !!!!!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 23:43h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Never heard of these guys before.

  • Spizzo
    Posted at 07:02h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Great album! Been looking for this for a long time as well. Just wondering if the album could be re-upped without the first few seconds of the songs being cut off?! For instance the first track had about a second shaved off at the beginning. It would be cool if that was fixed. I don’t mind a bit of record static at the beginning.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 07:59h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    spizzo, i feel you. believe me (you probably know how difficult is to rip)i do my best. it is not only the static i have to face. others do not care about one second if it is a clean song. anyway i will try. time is what i do not have as i am a family and working man (this period is the hardest in my work). so here in the comments i will place the link in the near future.

  • Raphy
    Posted at 12:03h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    I’ve been waiting patiently for this one…….The wait definitely worth it..
    Thanks once again for posting a true Collector’s GEM!!!

  • Mr.Fean
    Posted at 13:04h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Big thanks. Superb!!!! such a great find.

  • Gea
    Posted at 13:15h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks nikos for your generosity to share such a classic rare gem with us. your effords are much appreciated.

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 16:20h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    I was talking about this today and thought I would check your site and here it is posted today! Thank you so much.

    Could you tell me what LP Talking The Teenage Language is on and can you post that one also?

    Thanks again for all the great music.

  • Spizzo
    Posted at 17:57h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks for understanding Nikos! Also, thanks again for all the great music. It’s very much appreciated.

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 18:34h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks a million….This was one of My fave albums back in the Day…

  • marco
    Posted at 17:59h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    Absolutely killer one! there’s so much classic music here. such a great blog. peace!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 19:59h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    Bow, it is included in “The Young, Tough and Terrible” (Brunswick Records, 1972), their 2nd and last album. i might do post it.

  • MotherEArth
    Posted at 20:25h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    I only say a big THANK for sharing this collector’s item with us. This site FUNK!!!!MY SOUL!!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 00:37h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    As always thank you Nikos. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it in case you decide to post it.

  • hecdolo
    Posted at 21:29h, 04 June 2008 Reply


  • iant
    Posted at 10:00h, 05 June 2008 Reply

    what a tune.

  • Bobby Fever
    Posted at 16:28h, 05 June 2008 Reply

    “WHATCHOUT! WHATCHout! WHatchout! whatchout!” excellent cuts man. thanks so much for expanding my soul!

  • Daidodread
    Posted at 03:12h, 06 June 2008 Reply

    thank you is fantastic !!!

  • manny
    Posted at 19:48h, 07 June 2008 Reply

    you always lead me on to something i have no idea about… thank you

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 17:08h, 08 June 2008 Reply

    Spizzo, this is for you as you ask for it : Big Thanks to brother Raphy, who clean it.

  • beats2go
    Posted at 19:42h, 14 June 2008 Reply

    thx alot great album

  • Spizzo
    Posted at 13:03h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! I really appreciate that. Again thank you very much!

  • Spizzo
    Posted at 13:13h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Raphy! I just listened to it, and it sounds great.

  • Eric
    Posted at 20:28h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    dear nikos,

    much appreciation for all your hard work. great to know that there are people out there who keep the good stuff alive.

    i do have a big request though. the other lost generation album (young tough and terrible) is so high on my wishlist for so long now. if you could upload this one you would really make me happy!

    thanks a lot.


  • nikos1109
    Posted at 23:21h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    Eric, please mail me. [email protected]

  • fendimane
    Posted at 22:30h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    I can’t believe you have this Nikos…I appreciate this very much and thanks for your efforts.

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 15:04h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    Not lost for everyone. I love that one!

  • Thanos
    Posted at 17:07h, 28 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks a lot, Nikos, for the great work!
    Excellent choices, wonderful music!!!

  • Fred Simon Lost Generation
    Posted at 05:23h, 24 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks Nikos for keeping our music alive. We do have a new CD its called The New Lost Generation released in 2000 and we’re currently working on a new one.

    I’m now with the Chi-Lites and will be coming your way in March of 2011 with Mary Wilson at the New Oxford Theatre. Hope to see you there.

    Much Love Fred Simon
    The Lost Generation

    Posted at 06:06h, 26 November 2010 Reply


  • Deke
    Posted at 03:23h, 25 August 2011 Reply

    Dagnabit! I had to miss that New Theatre show, and afterwards everyone told me it was great. I never knew the Chi-Lites/Lost Generation connection before.

    Wasn’t there an earlier New Lost Generation? I think they had some connection with the original band.

  • TomTorres
    Posted at 14:22h, 15 March 2015 Reply

    thx for this album – great stuff 🙂

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