The Next Movement – 1980 – The Next Movement
The Next Movement is a Chicago R&B vocal group that was formed in the ’70s on the city’s south side. As young kids, they idolized the popular harmony groups of the ’60s and ’70s such as the Temptations, Jackson 5, Dramatics, The Dells and the Chi-Lites. The group decided on the name “Next Movement” because their dance moves were so smooth they were always asked “what’s the next move?” The young group’s 1st official release was “Girl, Why You Want To Take My Heart” in 1972 on the local Interplanetary label. That was followed 2 years later with “Everywhere You Go (I’ll Be Around)” on Crown Town and garnered them an appearance on the upstart TV show “Soul Train.” The group was asked to perform in Las Vegas with Redd Fox at the Thunderbird in 1976. In 1980, they recorded an album “The Next Movement”. The mid-tempo groover “Never Stop Dancing” received national radio play.
A1 You’re The One 7:34
A2 How Did We Get To This (The Letter) 4:42
A3 Crazy ‘Bout Your Lovin’ 4:01
A4 Kid Stuff 5:37
B1 Sweat It Out 6:20
B2 For Lovers Only 3:23
B3 Nightstalker 5:51
B4 Never Stop Dancin’ 5:02
Everywhere You Go 1974
Let’s Work It Out 1982
All I Do 1984
The Next Movement were a Chicago R&B vocal group that was formed in 1971 on the city’s south side. The lineup was Alonzo Pickens, Samuel Thomas, Jr., Guy Sutton, Earl Shelby, and Carnell Haywood. They recorded a 1980 album The Next Movement for the local GEC label that plays like a last luscious piece of delight, appearing in the waning years of Chicago soul. The mid-tempo groover “Never Stop Dancing” received radio play in Chicago and other markets. With amazing string and horn arrangements by Tom Washington anchored by a tight rhythm section featuring drummer Quinton Joseph, it was quite a debut. The standouts are the two ballads “How Did We Get to This” and “Kid Stuff“, as well as the zesty, sparkling “Crazy ‘Bout Your Lovin‘.” Working with music vet Gus Redmond, the Next Movement had their only Billboard single, the smooth dance number “All I Do“, issued on the Navarre-distributed Nuance label in 1984.
The group’s release on New York-based Prelude Records, “Let’s Work It Out“, became a club hit and a dance classic. In the ’90s, the Next Movement began working with manager Winfred Hatch performing R&B/soul tunes in Vegas clubs. They also recorded sides for Al Bell’s Bellmark Records and appeared on the soundtrack of Original Gangstas, a 1996 movie that reunited many ’70s-era black action movie stars. During the ’90s, Japanese label P-Vine reissued their 1980 LP on CD as Never Stop Dancing. “Let’s Work It Out” can be found on Star Funk, Vol. 16 and Rare Preludes, Vol. 3.