The Sisters Love – 1967-73 – Give Me Your Love
After listening to The Sisters Love album, Give Me Your Love, it is difficult to understand why the group was not one of the biggest acts of the Seventies. Each song demonstrates the superb talent of the Sisters. Whether it’s an uptempo tune such as “I’m Learning To Trust My Man” or something more mellow like “This Time Tomorrow” you will find listening to them a real treat. Give the Sisters a try and hear for yourself.
Quite simply, the title track of this album ‘Give me your love‘ is one of the finest pieces of early 70’s female vocal ‘Harlem Soul‘ you will ever hear..superbly orchestrated production and horn section, rasping vocals.. slick,dam funky and very sexy.. early 70’s black music at its best.
1. Give Me Your Love 4:12
2. My Love Is Yours 2:31
3. Ring Once 2:56
4. Mr. Fix-It Man 2:51
5. You’ve Got to Make Your Choice 3:00
6. You’ve Got My Mind 3:12
7. Now Is the Time 2:38
8. Forget It, I’ve Got It 2:57
9. Ha Ha Ha 2:05
10. I Know You Love Me 2:28
11. Try It, You’ll Love It 3:05
12. Rise 2:58
13. Blackbird 2:20
14. I’m Learning to Trust My Man 3:11
15. This Time Tomorrow 2:43
16. The Bigger You Love (the Harder You Fall) 2:48
The peerless Soul Jazz label have excelled themselves with this absolutely superb compilation of the late 60’s, early 70’s R&B act. Every track is a gem bar the somewhat misjudged ‘funkified’ cover of McCartney’s “Blackbird”. The tracks have a strong funk base with powerful vocal leads (occasionally sounding like Patti Labelle in her mid-70’s prime) and amazing group harmonizing supporting the lead, a sound that they consistently held too despite numerous personnel changes over the years. The most famous track is ‘Give Me Your Love‘, a cover from Curtis Mayfield’s brilliant “Superfly” soundtrack, which is a rare-groove stone classic which has often been described as proto-disco but that massively undersells it as it exhibits far more earthiness and passion than any disco track I can think of. The other tracks are slightly less distinctive sticking to an early 70’s funky-soul template (with the emphasis on funk) but all are excellent bar the aforementioned McCartney cover. I’d go as far as to say this might be the best single artist R&B compilation I’ve ever bought (and I’ve bought quite a few) and the fact that it comes from such an obscure source is both a complete surprise and a tribute to the compilers.
Based In Los Angeles, the Sisters Love were originally Vermettya Royster (lead vocals), Jeanne Long, Lillie Fort, Gwen Berry and founding member Merry Clayton. Clayton is famous for her session work in the late 60’s and 70s and even released some obscure records of her own. She left the group after a label change.
Peaking in the 1970’s the group scored regional success with “Mr Fix it” and “Give me your love“, a Curtis Mayfield gem. The latter was made popular again in the late 70’s by DJ Danny Krivit that was a underground disco favorite. The eight minute jam will have you bouncing off the walls.
This is a essential release for any fan of 70’s soul/funk. This group never released any full fledged albums but did some work with Motown/A&M Records. Their soaring vocals and harmonies over funky drums and bass lines would please anybody. Just play the remake of the Beatles “Blackbird” or “Now is the time“. Other great cuts include “Im learning to trust my man” and “HA HA HA“……You will be in soul heaven!