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Very Best of New Birth

New BirthAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Comin' From All EndsThe New Birth 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. K-JeeThe New Birth 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It's ImpossibleThe New Birth 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Can Understand ItThe New Birth 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. How Good It FeelsThe New Birth 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Don't Want To Do WrongThe New Birth 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Wash My Hands Of The Whole Damn Deal, Pt. 1The New Birth 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Keep On Doin' ItThe New Birth 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Are What I'm All AboutThe New Birth 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Afro-StrutThe New Birth 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Got To Get A KnuttThe New Birth 7:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Dream MerchantThe New Birth 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. It's Been A Long TimeThe New Birth 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Do It AgainThe New Birth 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Wild FlowerThe New Birth 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Until It's Time For You To GoThe New Birth 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002WUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 11/07/1995
Genre: SOUL/R & B

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul succulence! September 1, 2001
By Jelena
Format:Audio CD
I can't front - I absoloutely adore New Birth. In my eyes (and heart, and pelvis, and feet...) I just feel New Birth were an outstanding band of versatility, musicianship and showmanship, and on this project, 'The Very Best of the New Birth Inc. - Where Soul Meets Funk' those skills are displayed to perfection. The song choices mainly focus on the groups more soul-inflected tunes, with a few turn-offs into their forays of funks ( for those choice cuts, I recommend this volume's companion 'The New Birth Inc. - Greatest Funk Classics'). Things get started with 'Comin' From All Ends', a solid track with a crisp beat and the vocals of Leslie Wilson at the fore. But it is not until the second track ('K-Jee') that we start getting into the stuff that made this crew of musicians such a force in the 1970's live soul circuit. One of my favourite instrumentals of all time, the genius of Charles Hearndon's playing is in full-effect, accompanied with solid drum and bass work, keeping the skeleton of the track intact so the the call-and-response vibe of the horns playing off the guitar reaches a climax with the scorching sax solo at the end courtesy of founding member Tony Churchill. There are so many moods in the journey of this album. Up next is the pop standard 'It's Impossible', with the girlish vocals of Londee Wiggins paired next to the artistry of Bobby Downs (a very competant and highly slept on vocalist). Peop the ambience created due to well-felt addlibbing of the background voices. 'How Good It Feels' finds Londee becoming more assured in her delivery. The pacing is spectacular, and the shouts care of Tanita Gaines mid-way creates a great round-up, with sound effects and all (check it - you won't be disappointed!). Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
This CD is the bomb, I takes me back to a time when partying didn't mean having to be strip searched to enter the party. If you've never heard of The New Birth before, this is a very good place to start. Songs like "Got To Get A Knutt", "K-jee" bring back such fun, happenin' times in my life. And lets not forget the orgasmic "It's Been Such A Long Time" among other songs on this CD. I didn't forget to mention "Dream Merchant","Wildflower or the other excellent tunes on this CD, if you want to know more about this CD, BUY YOUR OWN.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD is awesome! January 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The New Birth, Inc. was one of those bands that just came out at the wrong time. During the 70's there were just too many great groups out there, and New Birth just didn't get their recognition. But any fan of old school R&B, and great harmony, should fall in love with this album. Songs like "Its Impossible"; "How long has it been?"; "Wildflower"; and "I can understand it" really demonstrate the vocal talent and musical ability of this great band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of the remake January 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
No group has ever been better at redoing other artists material than New Birth. From Wildflower (Skylark), to I Can Understand It (Bobby Womack), Dream Merchant (Jerry Butler), and Until it's Time to Go (Buffy St Marie), New Birth consistantly outdoes the originals. Plus, any album with It's Been A Long Time on it is automatically worth buying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb what more can I say January 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
as a major old school funkhead I recommend this for serious classic soul collectors you can't go wrong here as new birth was one of the funkiest groups on god's greeen earth nuff said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Until it's time for you to go! Listen to these Jamz March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Okay, I first heard the song "Until it's time for you to go!" on the Alabama A & M University radio station, they use the song to sign off for the R & B show. For like six months I've been trying to figure out who sang this song without any luck...and when I tried to sing it to people to see if they could tell me, the song didn't sound like the song at all. The last time I heard the song on the radio was December 05 and I've been sad...finally tonight 3/23/06 they played it...I almost tripped over my shoes trying to run into my bedroom to tape the song. After I taped the song I spent another 2 hours trying to find out who sang it! Low and behold it's the NEW BIRTH! Buy this CD cause that song is the Jam! UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO is the best song on here in my opinion!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Good Stuff from this talented unit February 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is TRULY a "Best Of" collection in that is has all of the REALLY good stuff from the New Birth all together in one package, especially "Dream Merchant," Wildflower," "Been a Long Time " (frontman Leslie Wilson sounds like James Brown with a slightly better voice on this one), "You Are What I'm All About" (today's rap fans will recognize this as the inspiration for Biggie Smalls' "Player's Anthem"), etc. But hey, if you are a fan of the New Birth, 70s Soul, or just GOOD music in general, no more needs to be said about this one, just BUY it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated heavy funk/sweet soul unit ! March 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The only thing missing from this CD was the great feel and covers the NEW BIRTH's actual albums had... they tended to flow from tune to tune and always have an integrated and "spiritual" like concept. Often, one side would be Jazzy and mellow and another totally raw and party like - - their albums were definitely experiences in themselves, though this is a great introduction.

The compilation includes some cuts from the group when they were known as THE NITE LITERS, an ULTRA hardcorre funk outfit, and moves on through their 70's soul and funk and later Jazzier years... of course it includes their BIG hit K-Jee...

though I think one of the highest point's is Leslie's BAD-*ss Bobby Womack impression on I Can Understand It, only with a tighter booty shaking rhythm section than Bobby had (sorry Bobby... you're still the KING ! ! !)

Though there are a few tunes that definitely don't represent their BEST work... admittedly, because of the flowing trippy nature of their albums, perhaps it was hard to really frame a lot of their material as individual hits... still... lot's of great stuff on this album... and it definitely demonstrates their incredible versatility... One minute they can be funking out HARD... yet they could also do sweet and mellow soul better than anyone else (check out DREAM MERCHANT).

Video floats around of their appearance on SOUL TRAIN, but I pray that one day more footage will surface, they also had a great look... great rhythm section - - and some wonderfully produced hits... you could really LISTEN and trip out when listening to their albums !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all purchases have been satisfactory. I give it 5 stars
Published 12 days ago by Dan bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 24 days ago by Toma Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorite albums!
Published 1 month ago by Myron E. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Many different styles
I'm a huge fan of 1970s soul and funk, but I'd never heard any songs by the New Birth, at least any that I could recall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
This is an exceptional CD and has all of the great hits that I remembered. It was worth every penny and I love hearing it every day.
Published 8 months ago by Renay Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars New Birth
New Birth was a very hot group in the early 70's. This CD brings back many great memories. A must for collectors.
Published 22 months ago by Alburtos Horne Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Soul Music
As a youngman, i really feel that todays Music has lost it Soulfulness! For the excectption of sum artist, Jill, Badu, Soulchild, c-leo Etc... Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by AscoolAztheycome
4.0 out of 5 stars New Birth
Awesome CD and a run down memory lane - blast from the past- and I enjoyed it totally. Great listening.
Published on September 24, 2010 by Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!
Amazon is the only online site that had this album. thanks for keeping a large and varied catalog of music. I love all the R & B from the 60's, 70's and 80's thank you! Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by Patricia L. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars CD 5 stars by itself, but
Well, I now own pretty much the original albums, issued to CD, including "Coming Together," but I've always had one problem with this compilation. Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Terrence D. Hillman
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