The Softones & First Class - Together [Expanded & Remastered] (1979/2013)

The Softones & First Class - Together [Expanded & Remastered] (1979/2013)
Artist: The Softones & First Class
Title Of Album: Together
Year Of Release: 1979/2013
Label: Essential Meedia Group / 942-315-368-2
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco, Rhythm & Blues

An unusual split album – and one that features excellent work from two great vocal groups from the east coast scene – both of them working here in a great mix of groovers and laidback mellow cuts! Both The Softones and First Class issued albums on their own – but their cuts here may well be some of their best of the decade – material so great, we wonder why neither were given the chance to expand further in these directions! The Softones have a poise and perfection that's even greater than on their initial recordings – really well-suited to the Philly-styled groovers on the record, and breaking out with some surprisingly great harmonies on the ballads too – titles that include "I Just Had To Dance", "Love Minus One", "Can You Feel It", and "Carla My Love". First Class get one less track, but more than carry their weight on the record – carrying things out with a great depth on the cuts "Laying My Heart On The Line", "Tell Me What You Want", and "Candy". Production and arrangements are by George Kerr, Rod Armstrong, and Marvin Brown – and according to the notes, The Jackson Sisters sing backup on the record too! CD features four bonus tracks too – "Carla My Love (inst)", "Space Cadet", and "I Just Had To Dance (12" version)" by The Softones – and "Don't Listen To Your Friends" by First Class.


01. The Softones - Just Had To Dance
02. First Class - Laying My Heart On The Line
03. The Softones - Love Minus One
04. The Softones - Can You Feel It
05. The Softones - Carla My Love
06. First Class - Tell Me What You Want
07. First Class - Candy
08. The Softones - Space Cadet [Bonus Track]
09. The Softones - Just Had To Dance (12 Inch Version) [Bonus Track]
10. The Softones - Carla My Love (Instrumental) [Bonus Track]
11. First Class - Don't Listen To Your Friends [Bonus Track]

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