Release Info: STYLISTICS - STYLISTICS (H&L 1971) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve
Stylistics is an outstanding example of the classic R&B music of the early 70's. There are 5 essential songs by the group on this album - "Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart), "Betcha By Golly Wow (full length version), "You're a Big Girl Now", "You Are Everything", and the simply amazing full length version of "People Make the World Go Round". Even the filler is very good, "Country Living" and "Ebony Eyes" are upbeat cuts that are similar to "Rockin' Roll Baby". "Point of No Return" is a midtempo song that will keep feet tapping and "If I Love You" is a solid love song that might have been a hit in its own right had it not been on an album with so many other great songs. "The Stylistics" is essential listening ("Round 2" is also a 5 star record) and is absolute proof of Thom Bell's genius.
The Stylistics saw their first song, 1971's "You're a Big Girl Now", reach success on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart peaking at #7, whilst it peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, their second release, "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", peaked at #39 (U.S. Pop) and #6 (U.S. R&B). The song was sung by the Stylistics' falsetto frontman, Russell Thompkins, Jr., and was produced by Thom Bell
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