The album initially drew me for 2 reasons, the first being the dreamy and unrepentantly righteous “Vibes Of Truth”. The strings are as sweet as you like and are working on two levels betwixt warm keys and unhurried, laid back, comfortable vocals. This is the mark of a classy singer, a classy song and they do not stop there. “Self Dealin’” really hits us with a Mizell-like production style at the start, and the righteous socially conscious lyrics are enough even to make james Brown proud! This has a feel of Gil Scott-Heron as well, so if you like these styles then this song is definitely your cup of tea! “Concrete Jungle” is also superb, the strings and sax and allows the trombone to let rip a la Fred Wesley stle! My favourite of favourites, and the second draw for me, is the SUPERB “If Only I Could Prove To You”. Possibly, this summery ballad is my top song from the 1970s, and its so easy to see where many UK groups got their cue from. But who needs imitations when we can have the real thing? This gets no more real than this, and should you need any more convincing, then “Cool It” and righteous “Virtue” should not fail to impress, both being rather much in the Leroy Hutson / Curtom bag of the time. Ok, this may be an expensive purchase on CD or vinyl BUT I have to say that it is worth every penny. You don't get albums like this everyday.
The Vibe Scribe
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