The Temprees – 1972 – Lovemen
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Sublime harmony soul from The Temprees one of the few southern groups who could really match the brilliance of the east coast scene of the time!
Along with The Mad Lads and The Dramatics, The Temprees recorded some very sweet and soulful romantic ballads for Stax Records. Although their peak was short, classic ballads like “Explain It To Her Mama“, “Dedicated To The One I Love” and the immortal “Love Can Be So Wonderful” place The Temprees in the same league as The Stylistics, The Delfonics and The Dells.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original We Produce Records(Stax) including covers.
A1 Explain It To Her Mama (2:57)
A2 If I Could Say What’s On My Mind (4:25)
A3 (Girl) I Love You (3:12)
A4 I Love You, You Love Me (4:47)
A5 We’ve Only Just Begun (4:47)
B1 Dedicated To The One I Love (6:53)
B2 My Baby Love (2:54)
B3 I’m For You, You For Me (4:47)
B4 Love….Can Be So Wonderful (3:31)
Heavenly heavenly vocal group soul!
Although recorded in Memphis for the Stax subsidiary of We Produce, the sound of the record is much more in keeping with some of the best of the New Jersey group soul records from the time, fragile at times, with a sweetness that’s quite different than the bolder sound of early 70s Stax! The vocals are very raw, but woven together perfectly, into a soaring sound that will reach up and rip your still-beating heart right out of your chest!
The Memphis, TN. balladeers’ finest LP. Lead singer Jasper “Jabo” Phillips, Dale Juan Calvin, and Harold Scott put the “l” in “lush.” Only two fast numbers are on Lovemen. “Explain It to Her Mama” and “My Baby Love” are both tight, but are not the caliber of the slow jams. Without a lot of fanfare, the Temprees recorded some of the ’70s’ sweetest soul music. “If I Can Say What’s on My Mind” really hits home; men and women can relate to the message which depicts the innocence of attraction and the inability to say what you really mean. “Girl I Love You, You Love Me” is a love vow with an exclamation point; it sounds like a lyric you’d write after a passionate love session. Their version of “Dedicated to the One I Love” is the definitive version; you won’t find a better rendition of the super ballad and quiet storm staple. They’re too tender to be dudes on “Love…Can Be So Wonderful“, a silky-smooth soul waltz powered by a prominent organ that will rip your heart out. As sweet as the Temprees were, they were virtually ignored at Stax, and continue to be slighted in the reissue market; a good compilation CD is way overdue.
Listen up “Love Can Be So Wonderful”
A million thanks to Raphy and cafecafecafe who cleaned this one perfectly and for their constant help.