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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fuel 2000
  • ASIN: B004SC8XR8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Color Him Father
2. I've Gotta Be Me
3. The Chokin' Kind
4. The Greatest Love
5. A Handful of Friends
6. Everyday People
7. The Days of Sand and Shovels
8. Birds of a Feather
9. Only the Strong Survive
10. Traces
11. Amen, Brother
12. Love of the Common People [*]
13. Wheel of Fortune [*]
14. Say Goodbye To Daddy [*]
15. Mama's Song [*]

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The Winstons were a 1960s funk and soul music group, based in Washington, D.C.. who are most notable for recording a track called 'Color Him Father' recorded in 1969. backed with a B-side entitled 'Amen, Brother', probably the most sampled record of all time. Midway through the track there is a drum solo (performed by G.C. Coleman) which has been sampled and used in thousands of hip-hop, pop, drum and bass and jungle tracks. This beat is known as the Arnen break, after the song. The Color Him Father disc sold over one million copies, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 24 July 1969. This Is the first time this classic record has been ever offered on CD and includes 4 bonus tracks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on March 24, 2012
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Very nice, soothing album of 70s soul. The single "Color Him Father" was indeed a great song. I first heard it years ago on one of those terrific Rhino "Soul Hits of the 70s" compilations, but other than that I had never heard any other music by the Winstons. This CD reissue solves that problem. Many of the songs on here are covers. Most are good, faithful renditions, but I prefer the originals --- or other versions --- of songs like "Everyday People," "Only the Strong Survive," "Traces," and "Love of the Common People." The only real mis-step is the drab cover of "I've Gotta Be Me." I wouldn't rate this is any sort of lost classic, but if you like sweet 70s soul music, this album is worth getting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Washington, D.C.-based funk and soul septet, The Winstons, were almost as short-lived as the label for which they registered their only two hit singles, Metromedia. The group (lead vocalist/tenor saxophonist Richard Lewis, vocalist/alto saxophonist Ray Maritano, vocalist/lead guitarist Quincey Mattison, organist Phil Tolotta, vocalist/bass guitarist Sonny Pekerol, and vocalist/drummer Gregory C. Coleman) were noticed at a local club by members of The Impressions, including Curtis Mayfeld, who invited them to tour as their back-up band.

In 1968 they cut their first record for Curtom Records, a label launched by Mayfield and The Impression's manager, Eddie Thomas, using a combination of Mayfield's first name and the short form for Thomas. The bouncy Need A Replacement b/w Ain't Nothing Like A Little Lovin' on Curtom 8546 unfortunately made no impact on a national scale, but it would have been nice had they been able to extend this release by Fuel 2000 to 17 tracks with their inclusion.

As it is, what they give you here, with excellent sound and a fold-out informative insert, are the 11 tracks of the only album ever released by the group, which included both sides of their one big hit, along with 4 bonus tracks, including both sides of their only other hit single. It came out originally as Metromedia MD 1010 in 1969.

That one huge hit, Color Him Father, was composed by Lewis, who at an earlier time had worked in the Otis Redding band, and in the early summer of 1969 it rose to # 2 R&B (kept from the top spot by Joe Simon's The Chokin' Kind and Marvin Gaye's Too Busy Thinking About My baby which, combined, spent 9 weeks at # 1 in that period), as well as a very significant # 7 on the Pop Hot 100 on Metromedia 117.
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They got a break when they were hired as the backing band for the legendary Impressions, which resulted in their first--and arguably best--single, "Ain't Nothing Like a Little Love" b/w "Need a Replacement", was issued by Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label. The record sadly stiffed but gained new life on Britain's Northern Soul scene. Shortly thereafter, the Winstons (who according to the liner notes took their name from the cigarettes that several band members smoked) hooked up with the fledgling Metromedia label and hit with "Color Him Father", a tribute to a stepdad which combined sappy sentimentality with a sweet soulful groove that couldn't miss. The flipside of the single was "Amen, Brother", a fast-paced instrumental amalgam of "Amen" and "We're a Winner" (an obvious nod to their friends, the Impressions) that went on to become the most sampled record of all time.

Sadly though, the subsequent album isn't as interesting. Comprised mostly of cover versions, only a couple register (Joe Simon's "Chokin' Kind" and Jerry Butler's "Only the Strong Survive"). The rest are flaccid ("Everyday People", "Traces") or just head-scratchingly odd ("I've Gotta Be Me"? "The Days of Sand and Shovels?"), making for one of the more unusual soul albums of the period. The compilers wisely threw in the two singles that didn't make the album, the first of which, a good version of the well-covered "Love of the Common People", proved to be their only other chart single. The flip is yet another oddity, a remake of the Kay Starr chestnut "Wheel of Fortune" that might have sounded better had some Dells-styled harmonies been added.
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By Robert E Thomas on June 29, 2014
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I purchased this CD mustly to get the title song. However, the CD is a good CD and I am not disappointed!
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