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Good Guys Only Win in the Movies

Mel & Tim, Mel and TimAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B000003GZ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Guys Only Win In The Movies
2. Forget It, I've Got It
3. I've Got Puredee
4. Feeling Bad
5. Groovy Situation
6. Backfield In Motion
7. Caught You In The Act
8. I Found That I Was Wrong / Mail Call Time
9. Ain't Love Wonderful
10. Do Right Baby
11. Never On Time
12. We've Got The Groove To Move You
13. I'm The One
14. Put An Extra Plus To Your Love

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Mel Hardin and Tim McPherson, two cousins from Mississippi way, scored in 1969 with the immortal "Backfield In Motion." Now, for the first time, that and their funky-good-time followups for the Bamboo label are crammed into one feelgood package that's a primo stand alone party catalyst.

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Holly Springs, Mississippi cousins Melvin McArthur Hardin and Hubert Timothy McPherson took their Soul/Funk duet act of Mel & Tim to Chicago in the late 1960s, together with a healthy supply of songs they had written, to record for the small Bamboo Records label owned by Hardin's mother Yolanda, who had a distribution arrangement with the much larger Scepter Records, home of Dionne Warwick among others. Their first release, and one they had written some time earlier called I've Got Puredee went nowhere on Bamboo 106 b/w an instrumental version of the same song, but the follow-up Backfield In Motion turned out to be their best hit of six, reaching # 3 R&B and # 10 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in October/November 1969 on Bamboo 107 b/w Do Right Baby, both of which they also composed. That was produced by Gene Chandler (of Duke Of Earl fame) as was the follow-up Good Guys Only Win In The Movies, which didn't fare nearly as well, peaking at # 17 R&B/# 45 Hot 100 in in February 1970 b/w I Found That Was Wrong on Bamboo 109.

None of the next three 1970 releases could make any national charts, however (Feeling Bad/I've Got Puredee on Bamboo 112, Mail Call Time/Forget It, I've Got It on Bamboo 114, and We've Got The Groove To Move You/Never On Time on Bamboo 116), and after Bamboo folded its tent that year the duo moved on to Stax Records, first launched in Memphis in 1957 by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton (ST + AX hence Stax). Appropriately, their first release there was Starting All Over Again (written by Phillip Mitchell) and it became their second best hit by finishing at # 4 R&B and # 19 Hot 100 in July/August 1972 b/w It Hurts To Want It So Bad on Stax 0127.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prime Time Soul December 5, 2013
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This album, originally released in 1970, now sports an extra 5 cuts for this CD reissue edition. For fans of late 60s and early 70s soul music, this is a delightful listening experience! You don't get any sort of booklet with the CD, just a thin insert, but it does includes a history of the duo's recording career.

Even though they had a huge hit with "Backfield in Motion", Mel & Tim were never huge stars and did not among the biggest names of the era, but they recorded plenty of great tunes and deserve a lot more acclaim. Because they were a duo, they seem to get compared to Sam & Dave a lot, but to my ears their sound was more Soul-Pop than Soul-Funk, sounding closer to stuff that groups like the Chi-Lites were doing. The smoothness of the song arrangements don't make them any less memorable or enjoyable. When the tunes stick in your head, that's the hallmark of quality, and this album have such "sticky" moments in bunches.

Mel & Tim (Mel Harden & Tim McPherson) only wrote 5 of the songs on here, but whether they were singing originals or cover versions, their sweet harmonies blended with those tunes perfectly. The title track, "Backfield in Motion," plus catchy tunes such as "Groovy Situation" (also a hit for Gene Chandler, who produced most of these songs), "Caught You in the Act," and "Ain't Love Wonderful" are stellar examples or prime time soul music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of The Sixties December 5, 2003
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This was THE best group of the sixties. Mel & Tim was an ufforgettable duo that stormed the sixties with a unique style of music that stood out from the rest. Who can forget "Backfield in Motion", "Mail Call Time", I'm Your Puppet", and all the rest. I was in college during their music career and remember the great times I had with my dorm sisters and other classmates listening to the music of Mel & Tim. They were the greatest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BackField in Motion January 25, 2002
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I met Mel some thirty plus years ago on my first surf trip "off the mainland" to Hawaii. We all partied together while staying at the same dumpy hotel and Mel would usually wind up singing Backfield in Motion (pre-release back in 1967) after having a few belts of whatever we might be consuming. It was a good tune back then and I still enjoy listening to his, and cousin Tim's, music. Good solid music, you will enjoy as much as I have over the years !!!
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