The Soul Children – 1974 – Friction
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A great album very rare, difficult to find with original covers, [email protected] with 2 bonus tracks.
It is included in Mojo’s Magazine 100 greatest soul albums of all time.
Just amazing 70’s soul.The Soul Children took over vocal chores from Sam & Dave after the latter duo had left Stax. Peter Guralnick, in his excellent book Sweet Soul Music (Virgin p/b), described them as “Sweet harmonies and church wrecking emotion” and who could disagree with such a perfect description.
1. I’ll Be The Other Woman
2. What’s Happening Baby
3. Can’t Let You Go
4. It’s Out Of My Hands
5. Just One Moment
6. We’re Gettin’ Too Close
7. Love Makes It Right
8.What’s Happening Baby -partI (bonus)
9.Come Back Kind Of Love (bonus)
The Soul Children were organized in 1968 by songwriter/producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Their idea was to create a male/female version of Sam and Dave, but with two men and two women in the lineup, the concept became a double whammy. Unlike most soul vocal groups, which feature one or two lead singers, all four Soul Children took turns at the helm, usually within the space of a single song, and the results had the over-the-top intensity of a gospel tent revival at full shout. The Memphis-based group scored 15 R & B hits between 1968 and 1978. A slicker, sweeter, outing than their previous LP, Genesis, this did nonetheless include their biggest hit, “I’ll Be the Other Woman”. A little daring for the radio in that it acknowledged an adulterous affair, “I’ll Be the Other Woman” was also something of a departure for the Soul Children, putting Shelbra Bennett in the spotlight as lead vocalist (J. Blackfoot had tended to have the most visible leads). Bennett was also lead singer on the less impressive single “Love Makes It Right“, a small R&B hit that concludes the record. In the interim, there are lush ballads that get into icky sweetness “What’s Happening Baby” as well as some more uptempo, funky numbers. The best of the lot is “Can’t Let You Go“, which smolders a bit thanks to the grainy lead vocal (presumably by J. Blackfoot) and subtle wah-wah guitar.