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The Very Best of the Softones

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Editorial Reviews

Includes the hits That Old Black Magic; I'm Gonna Prove It; Can't Help Falling in Love , and The First Day .

1. My Dream
2. Can't Help Falling In Love
3. I'm Gonna Prove It
4. The First Day
5. Silly Billy
6. Hey There Lonely Girl
7. Any Street
8. Maybe Tomorrow
9. That Old Black Magic
10. Laundromat
11. And I Remember Your Face
12. I Played The Fool
13. Extra Ordinary People
14. That's What Love Can Do
15. Sweet Dreamer
16. I'm Gonna Make The Score
17. You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine (Live In Japan)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Amherst Records
  • ASIN: B000001O72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Johnson on December 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Softones rehearsed down the street from my house. We would go down and listen to them all the time. I love their music.
I agree with the first reviewer, Carla my Love was not included on this CD. What I did was downloaded "Carla" and added to "The Very Best of The Softones" for my own listing enjoyment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert H. Richards on July 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Being a Balimore boy I particularly remember the early Softones' hits like Silly Billy, My Dream and I'm Gonna Prove It. They were untouchable. You can stand those songs against any of the '70s soul groups--Delfonics, Blue Magic , Dramatics, the Moments and the like.
Marvin Brown's falsetto is the most dynamic voice I heard prior to Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. And they are still performing , sounding just as great.
I gave it four stars instead of five because of the disco and show tunes. But understand--the body of work is what counts. Then the bonus live cut came "You Go Your Way" and I shouted "Now that's the Softones I remember."
Surely, to say the Softones were underrated was an understatement.
And like everyone else noted, "Carla My Love" would have been icing on the cake!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Softones has a smooth pleasing sound that the more mature music lovers like. If you like to sing, you can sing along. Although it will be difficult to match the sound of lead singer Marvin, you can fool youself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Johnson on March 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As one of the songwriter's of "I Played the Fool" and "Sweet Dreamer," I can tell you from personal experience that the Softones are a very talented and great group of guys. Working with them at H&L Records was a pleasure. These songs only represent the tip-of-the-iceberg of their talent, and, believe me, I know. I think you'll find this CD very enjoyable.
Bob Johnson
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on October 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Based on the power and sheer beauty of these songs it's difficult to understand why The Softones' recordings never matched the popularity of those of The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Dramatics or The Dells. This group's singers were just as good as those of the above-mentioned groups and this fine CD is an excellent compilation of their best songs. No "Sweet Soul" fan should be without this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Hailing from Baltimore they had their heyday in the first half of the 1970s led by the high falsetto tones of Marvin Brown, along with Elton Lynch and Steve Jackson, and while they didn't exactly burn up the singles charts for Avco Embassy (later to become Hugo & Luigi Records), they did have a devoted following in and around Maryland and D.C. Their first charted side came in 1973 when I'm Gonna Prove It made it to # 44 R&B in April on Avco 4616 b/w God Save America, and in August that year their cover of the Elvis Presley 1962 hit Can't Help Falling Love peaked at # 56 R&B on Avco 4619 b/w What Is Life? - all releases to this point billed as The Soft Tones. They then closed out the year with the # 69 R&B The First Day billed as The Softones b/w Everybody Knows But Me on Avco 4626. After being blanked in 1974, they returned to the charts in Dec 1975-Jan 1976 with their best ever, the # 29 R&B cover of the 1943 hit That Old Black Magic on Avco 4663 b/w Why, Why, Why. Not one of the afore-mentioned B-sides is included in this volume.

And that would be their last charting side for the label which began calling itself Hugo & Luigi Records in 1976, although there were additional releases, the only ones of which are here being Laundromat b/w And I Remember Your Face on H&L 4685 in 1977, and That's What Love Can Be b/w Sweet Dreamer on H&L 4697 in 1978. In 1983 they returned to the charts with the # 72 R&B One More Time as The Tones, with Do It Light on the flip of the obscure Criminal 1702(neither of which is here).

That they didn't do better on the R&B charts - never mind not having one Billboard Pop Hot 100 cross-over - is strange when you hear their sweet harmony, and one can only conclude it had a lot to do with poor promotion of their efforts combined with some bad material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Blackshear on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This "Best of" cd release, taken from 3 of the group's albums, the debut AVCO label release (cover of the cd is from that album cover), and subsequent H&L release. There were 2 more vinyl albums released and a couple more cd releases (the cds do not contain their original 70s recordings). The version of "Carla, My Love" on the cd, is not the highly sought after original performed by the group. As has been previously stated, there is much good music on this cd, so I will not expand on that. When the question(s) arise as to the reasons the group did not attain greater recognition and commercial success, in the writer's opinion, I have a big question? Based on the talent of the group, their style, such a quality lead tenor, why didn't the group end up being produced by the premier architects at that time of "East Coast Soul", who were succesfully producing groups of this type..... the powers at Philadelphia International Records, or the likes of Thom Bell (Delfonics, Stylistics, Spinners, amongst others), Norman Harris, Vince Montana, etc., etc., etc., "The Philly Sound"? The importance of label and who produces a group is HUGE! The heart & soul of this group was East Coast sweet soul. For a group with this kind of talent, how not Philly, and the aforementioned legends??? As to why not? The writer doesn't know. This group, placed in the hands of Thom Bell, or Gamble & Huff, what could have been! Regarding the original version of "Carla, My Love", so requested by those who had the pleasure of listening to it? The issue is label. The record is on the almost impossible to find, latter 70s album "The Softones & First Class - Together", on Parkway International Records.Read more ›
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