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Lonely Man Original recording remastered


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Other male soul groups could step off the macho tip, but even the Temptations had to pray for rain before letting their feelings flow. Eugene Record's Chi-Lites, on the other hand, didn't even allow themselves the face-saver of a loudly pained lead vocal. When Record wandered through the city looking for the most basic succor of a glimpse of his lost lover's face on "Have You Seen Her," his bewilderment and fear were fully on display. And rather than offer a full-throated paean to her replacement on "Oh Girl," issued a few months later in the summer of '72, the group instead focused on how wrecked the guy would be were she to leave, too. The Chi-Lites' records were so perfectly conceived and performed, however, that even their occasional brazen leap into the tough-guy ("Are You My Woman") or social-comment slot ("Give More Power to the People") remained credible in light of the devastation that marked most of their work. --Rickey Wright

1. Oh Girl
2. Living in the Footsteps of Another Man
3. Love Is
4. Being in Love
5. A Lonely Man
6. The Man and the Woman (Boy and the Girl)
7. Ain't Too Much of Nothin'
8. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
9. The Coldest Days of My Life
10. Oh Girl

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00004SZCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D.V. Lindner on March 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like most white fans of the group, I suppose, I didn't get hip to the Chi-Lites until the fall of 1971 - my senior year in high school - when "Have You Seen Her" crossed over Big Time. That's all it took and I was a rabid fan immediately; even the flip side ("Yes I'm Ready If I Don't Get To Go") was great for repeated playing. It was time to play quick-catch up, as I determinedly did. My 45s collection runs all the way back to their 1969 cover of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," to their last Brunswick single in 1976, "You Don't Have To Go." It's a fine collection I have still, and I jealously love it.
The "Lonely Man" album happened upon me at a time when I could not have better identified with it's theme - I was unhappily broken up, broke, and at very loose ends - the perfect audience for this LP's, "The Coldest Days of My Life." Life got better, but for the moment, Mr. Eugene Record's lyrics gave voice to my very soul. He's frighteningly realistic in his tale of despair, and one worried that, after he did this lead vocal, he might have looked for a bridge to leap from. It's That Sad. But as soul music, it's unbeatable. As one issue of Rolling Stone Album Guide observed, no black group ever more daringly or more successfully spoke to the idea of masculine vulnerability like the Chi-Lites. Special effects like a forlorn harmonica and wind machines were never in better hands, either. Perhaps hesitant to release "Days" entire 8:30 length as a single side, Brunswick put it out as a 'Part1/Part 2,' which probably wasn't a good idea - this song shouldn't be interrupted. But even in that formulation, it did well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By towanna spears on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are a True CHI-LITES fan then there is no doubt that you were waiting like me for this to be released on CD and will just press the send to be button! You already know what listening to THE COLDEST DAYS OF MY LIFE can do to a person on a lonely night so you already know what EUGENE RECORD is singing about on A LONELY MAN my second favorite. You need this one for your old school collection. Aside from Eugene Record's vocals the music is great! JUST DO IT............PRESS SEND
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on February 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
1972. I was completing my freshman year in college and what better way to exemplify and embellish that year is "Oh, Girl", the monster hit from "A Lonely Man".
Not only is this disc pure soul, it is one that surely befits the label as one of "soundtracks of a generation".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Addis on August 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The real world of Ol' Skool not only lost Eugene Record in 2005, but a year later in January 2006, it also lost Robert "Squirrel" Lester from cancer at the age of (I believe) 67. I am sick of losing The Good Guys to these manufactured-sounding punks out there who think they can sing R & B (I don't think so!). "A Lonely Man" is full of some of Record's best that can tear at you with voracity. "The Coldest Days Of My Life" sends you back to when you wish you could do it all again but instead live with sadness. "Oh, Girl" is the other that has reduced me to tears thinking back to a break-up I suffered. "Footsteps Of Another Man" may drive someone nuts because his girl is still devoted to the fool that did her wrong. There is also the version of "Oh Girl" from The Flip Wilson Show (he was a comedic genius!). The whereabouts of Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson are unknown and it is unlikely they will reunite ever again. It would be impossible to do the magic that The Chi-Lites had possessed. Take me seriously and re-live their magic again! (Brunswick)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Earl Holloway on February 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Late Eugene Record was not only a great vocalist, but he was an outstanding writer. His lyrics conveyed love and pain in a way many of today's R&B "young boys" could only hope to imitate.."Oh Girl" left you wanting to plead on his behalf for his woman to stay and "Coldest Days Of My Life" has to be one of the saddest songs I have ever heard..This one actually bought me to tears with its swirling winds,meloncholy strings, and heartbroken harmonies, told you this was a love lost with no hope of recovery..These were the songs that I grew up on and miss so much..If you are a Chilites fan, or just a devotee of the type of soul music that gets your attention and grips you, pick this one up..R.I.P. Eugene and thank you and your bandmates for some outstanding music..
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By Soul Groove on December 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Chi-Lites are a fantastic soul group with sky high heavenly harmony and a wonderful, make-you-melt falsetto/tenor by Eugene Record. 1972's A Lonely Man is the epitome of soft, ballad soul. I love the strings and sweet melody of all the songs here. Each song is a winner, and there are a few here that are among my favorite soul jams all together. "Oh Girl" is one of those emotionally charged ballads that will make you tear up, even the hardest of the hard will well up to this one. The song shows the vulnerability of a man who worries about a woman leaving him and what he would do if she did. I love the harmonica, which adds to the emotional depth of the song. "A Lonely Man" is one of those 6 minute ballads that will also melt your heart, and perfectly exemplifies the perfect vocal harmony. This song is a little similar in tone and vibe to "Have You Seen Her" (1971) with the harmony and balladry of the song. "Love Is" is a song defining the aspects of true love based on how people act, yet again another beautiful jam. A noticeable difference between this and the previous album, 1971's (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People" is that there is less upbeat funk here, and more balladry (I am more of a fan of ballad/soft soul FYI: though that other album is another winner IMO). Any one who loves the Delfonics (my fav group), The Stylistics, The Spinners.... will absolutely love the Chi-Lites. This album definitely shows a soul group at its best. This remaster cd is well-done with awesome sound quality. This record showcases an immensely talented group from Chicago. It will remind you of the ballad soul of Philly soul.Read more ›
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