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Street Corner Symphony-Golden Classics

The PersuasionsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0000008N7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Buffalo Soldier
2. Good Times
3. I Could Never Love Another
4. Tempts Jam-Don't Look Back / Runaway Child..
5. People get Ready
6. Christian's Automobile
7. The Man In Me
8. Be Good To My Baby
9. So Much in Love
10. Medley: He Ain't Heavy / You've Got A Friend

Editorial Reviews

The Persuasions carved a niche for themselves by performing that purest of all music styles-a capella, singing without support instrumentation. Street Corner Symphony , originally released on Island in the early '70s, has been reproduced here by Collectables and includes some of their most popular performances: Buffalo Soldier; People Get Ready; I Could Never Love Another; Don't Look Back/Runaway Child , and more.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Definitely Persuaded December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of all the instruments out there, the first and still the finest by far is the human voice. This CD makes the point emphatically. This is real, old-fashioned, four-part harmony - stunningly tight and precise a cappella. So much music today is sloppy and self-indulgent, with technology covering up the shabbiness. Here there is nowhere to hide, this is pure music.

The virtuoso level of performance is consistent throughout, from heart-wrenching blues, Buffalo Soldier, to smooth love crooning, So Much In Love, to foot-stompin' jubilee, Be Good To Me Baby. The pacing, beat, and rhythm are all there in abundance - with no drum kit in sight. When the Persuasions take you through their tribute to The Temptations, Tempts Jam, you'll find yourself wondering if you actually heard what you think you heard.

The energy, passion, technical excellence, and sheer joy contained in these tracks is enough to blow the spots off a leopard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate in Acapella!! January 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Street Corner Symphony" is, in my opinion, the ultimate work of the Persuasions!! This particular piece of musical vocal mastery is one I have listened to for over 20 years. I purchased the CD and each time I play this master piece, I can't help but listen to it over and over again as I find myself singing right along with the group. THIS IS A MUST PURCHASE and I promise will be a life time part of your musical library!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mahvelous....Simply Mahvelous March 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled upon this by mistake. As I cleaned out some old tapes that I purchased during the 70's, I ran across this gem. Now, I had not heard this group since the 70's and definitely thought that this tape was beyond listening. But after popping it in, the tears started flowing. Oh My! It's love all over. The simultaneous weaving of the vocals brings about auditory pleasures that are a far cry from the sounds of today. Each voice is like a fine tuned instrument. As I write this, I still have that 30 year old tape and a new CD simply called "Street Corner Symphony"...What a gem!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best raw accapella R&B that I know of! June 30, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This is a Fantastic CD! I've been listening to it for over five years, and it sounds as great as it did the first time I heard it! Many groups have tried to copy the Persuasions, but none has ever come close. This is my favorite of all their CD's. Doo-Wop and vocal Group fans that I know seem to like "We Came To Play" better, but not me, this is my favorite. There is another group that the same company made available that I like too, The Doo-Wop Cops, they have a similar sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound of Harmony March 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is easily my favorite Album by the Persuasions. The song selection and delivery are excellent.The arrangements are melodic. I play this one over and over. Buffalo Soldiers reminds us (African Americans) of how brave our ancesters were in the face of horrible circumstances and situations coming out of the grip of slavery. If you enjoy Accapella singing check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Street Corner Symphony January 19, 2000
Format:Audio Cassette
i have enjoyed listening to this album since I was a teenager in high school in 1970-74. As a former artist, the harmony exhibited by this group is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of a capella music August 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
" What is your audio system capable of?"

yeah, five stars! This is the classic of classics in a capella music. I've owned this on vinyl as well as CD and both are equally great sounding. The excellent vocals are just the tip of the iceberg here, though. The music selections, the pacing of the recording, and the recording quality are all excellent. There's R & B, Gospel, and good ol' Rock all on this one recording. Music for your mind, heart, and soul is here on this collection. I like it from its start (Buffalo Soldier) all the way to its finish (Medley: He ain't heavy/You've got a friend) so it is meant to be played as a whole and listening to one or two cuts does not do this CD justice. On a decent system there is something ethereal in the harmonies they create. Something that can be listened to over and over and still be received as fresh and new each time. Like a good friend this album has picked me up when I was down, brightened up dark times, and motivated me to do when the will wasn't there. It's appropriate for romantic moments as well as spiritual ones, and also to party with. Can't ask for more from a recording than that. I also use it as one of my reference recordings for voicing my system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Street Corner Symphony: Intersection of a Culture June 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All ethnicities inherently possess some form of group vocal expression to tell a story; the earliest method of basic teaching from one generation to the next. Intersections where cultures cross to understand one another, leave an imprint. Music, as a harmonious expression of language and song, automatically creates cultural intersections.
The Persuasions Street Corner Symphony,(their third album after Acappella,1970; and We Came To Play,1971) arrived in late 1971 and created more traffic at the A cappella intersection.
In 1966 original members, Jerry Lawson - lead, Joe Russell - second tenor/lead, Jimmy Hayes - Base, Herb Rhoad - baritone and Jayotis Washington - first tenor, converged from street corners in Detroit, North & South Carolina, Florida and Virginia, respectively, bringing with them music backgrounds that drew from gospel, traditional choir as well as early-to present R&B and, not surprisingly, rock.
Persuasions gifted talent, graded "excellent" by fans and peers, was also attributed to submission to rigorous rehearsals, tight arrangements and a desire to succeed in a difficult music genre.
Street Corner Symphony is a terrific collection, period. Beginning with a hauntingly sweet historic era based opening to "Buffalo Soldier" whose layered harmony sounds much larger and a "call out" lead singer asking two questions before Jimmy's base line begins, a story unto itself.
What makes the album a classic is an uncanny balance of songs. For example: harmonizing The Hollies (English rock group) 1969 song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and blending it with Carole King's smash hit, "You've Got A Friend." Or how about singing Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me", Persuasions-style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best accapella album ever
Published 10 days ago by christopher cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding CD With Great Songs, Thanks So Much!!
Published 2 months ago by Richard Freed
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuasions at their best
This is one of my favorite albums from the 70's. Jerry Lawson and friends were in great voice, and the songs are an homage to some of the more significant songwrters/perfomers of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for the Collection
This work is a classic I listen to it in college not knowing at the time what a great piece of music it was. Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. L. Williams Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars A-CAPELLA AT IT'S BEST
Published on June 13, 2012 by LESTER O'GARRO
5.0 out of 5 stars street corner symphony
i have been searching for this cd for months and i founded it at amazon. com. and it was really worth wait, its the best paid little more than normal,but it was worth it
Published on February 3, 2012 by little john
5.0 out of 5 stars harmony, harmony
These men get it right every time! The songs are delightful and the sound makes me smile all the time.
Published on December 19, 2011 by Jaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Corner Symphony
Incredible! Like a vacation back to my childhood. I Spent years hoping that this album would make it to CD.
Published on January 12, 2011 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer
I had been looking for this Audio CD and found it on Amazon. I received it quickly and it was in great condition! Thanks Amazon.....
Published on November 13, 2010 by PAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell on my knees
I bought this as a cassette a long time ago. I remember bringing it home, popping it into the tape player, and literally falling to my knees at the beautiful sound. Read more
Published on June 18, 2010 by Beatnik Bob
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