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Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get [Original recording remastered]

The DramaticsAudio CD
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When superstar rapper Snoop Dogg wanted to incorporate the '70s vocal vibe into a track on what would be his massively-successful Doggystyle album in 1993, he called on The Dramatics. It's no wonder--The Dramatics are one of the greatest vocal groups of R&B. In the group's more than three decades, The Dramatics have contributed more to the art of ensemble soul singing than ... Read more in Amazon's The Dramatics Store

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Up and Get Down
2. Thankful for Your Love
3. Hot Pants in The Summertime
4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
5. In The Rain
6. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)
7. Fall in Love, Lady Love
8. Mary Don't Cha Wanna
9. The Devil Is Dope
10. You Could Become the Very Heart of Me
11. Now You Got Me Loving You
12. Fell for You
13. Jim, What's Wrong With Him?
14. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain
15. Beautiful People
16. Beware of the Man (With the Candy in his Hand)
17. Stand Up Clap Your Hands
18. Um a Song (From Your Heart)

Editorial Reviews

Up there with any soul album of the early '70s is this 1972 Stax LP. Not only does this CD boast the title hit; the smash In the Rain (their biggest hit); the hit Get Up and Get Down , and the rest of the dance cuts and ballads on the original LP-it also adds 10 bonus cuts: Fell for You; Beautiful People; The Devil Is Dope , and more!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm For Real...Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get..." September 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
What this 2011 CD doesn't advertise too well is that it contains 'two' Stax albums and not just one - and then for good measure - throws in two more bonus tracks as well (and it's pitched at mid-price too). Here are the details...

Released Monday 12 September 2011 in the UK, Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072331761 breaks down as follows (59:03 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are their debut album "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" - released January 1972 in the USA on Volt Records VOS-6018 and April 1972 in the UK on Stax Records 2362 025

Tracks 9 to 16 are their 2nd album "A Dramatic Experience" - released October 1973 in the USA on Volt Records VOS-6019 and April 1974 in the UK on Stax Records STX 1021

Tracks 17 and 18 are "Stand Up Clap Your Hands" and "Hum A Song (From Your Heart)" - two previously unreleased tracks which first appeared on the 1991 CD reissue of "A Dramatic Sensation"

The new 12-page booklet has very knowledgeable and affectionate liner notes by ROB BOWMAN (author of "Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story Of Stax Records"). You also get the original artwork on the front and rear of the booklet, musician and session details, a collage of 2 photos on the inlay beneath the see-through tray and the disc itself pictures the original LP sleeve (front and rear). But it's a shame the booklet doesn't go any further - there's no new photos, no memorabilia - not even a picture of the title track - their most famous and beloved tune. Surely a promo 45 could have been procured? It makes the inlay feel workmanlike at best - even a little dull - when it should have spread its wings a little. But the big news is the SOUND...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But Baby, I'm For Real...I'm As Real as Real Can Get January 6, 2007
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The title of this album is my theme song. Every time I walk into the room this song is played...actually, it isn't...but in my mind, it is. I love this album. If the only song on this recording was, Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, I still would've bought it because that's an R&B/Soul classic right there...

What does a crazy white boy know about soul?

Baby, I got soul coming outta my soul.

I love this album. I listen to it all the way through at least twice aweek and I listen to the title track at least once a day. Don't believe me? Ask my wife. One time I put this thang on the CD player and just hit the repeat button. I played it continously for an hour. She came into the study and said very sweetly, "John, sweetie, if you don't play another song in the next few minutes, I'm gonna take the CD out of the player and huck it across the street..."

So, keep it "real" and buy'll be so glad you did...

Well, I gotta go across the street and retrieve my CD. I hope it didn't get hurt any...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Jams old skool September 21, 2004
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Boy I remember when this jam came out in 71. I wore the groves out on that Lp. It still rocks today. Man they dont make them like that anymore. With me it was Temps and the Dramatics all day long. So get back in that chair again, put the head phones on and jam. Out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was 14 years old on Christmas Day in 1972 when I received this LP from my sister. I knew the two main hits, "In The Rain" & the title track, but I also heard the songs "Hot Pants in the Summertime" & "Fall in Love Lady Love", on our local soul radio station, KDIA. 7 of the 8 tracks included on this Soul Masterpiece are "10's" in my book. All but the quirky "Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)" get's my highest score. Then again, there is something with the Dramatics that made them a bit "Different" from other soul groups at the time. I can't put my finger on it, but they almost had a "Garage" sound. But, that's my opinion.

If you're a fan of 70's soul music, this is a must have to add to or start your collection.

Also, at the Visitacion Valley Jr. High School talent show in 1973, a band made up of students (the only one that I really knew from the band was Jerome Hawkins) played the song, "Hot Pants in the Summertime" to a roaring crowd of teenagers. What great times those were.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dramatics, What you should get !! December 11, 2011
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Folks who say they love classic R&B but don't have this in his or her collection really don't know much about classic 70's R&B music. This is the good stuff folks, no shucking and jiving, just goog ole fashion soul music. The cuts here are sheer ear candy as Teena Marie would say. My personal favorites are "Hot Pants in the Summertime", Gimme Some (Good Soul Music, Fall in Love, Lady Love, and of course Mary Don't Cha Wanna, even with these great songs included, this disc doesn't stop there. You also get the classic Fell for You, Beautiful People, Stand up Clap Your Hands, and some very choice extras. This is a definite must have for those who love the soul sound of black music from the 70's. Memory lane never sounded so good. This was a great time for the Stax label so you should really buy this one, I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

As always "Peace and hairgrease, I'm outta here".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two-fer of classic 1972 soul LP and its 1973 follow-up October 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Detroit-based Dramatics first full-length album, Watcha See is Whatcha Get, was also their ticket to the national soul scene. The group had been kicking around in a variety of forms since the mid-60s, but made only light impressions on the charts. They hooked up with Stax in the late `60s, but it wasn't until they returned to Detroit and cut "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" with producer/songwriter Tony Hester that they really broke through. The single's chugging Latin beat, tight strings and horns, and a lead vocal that flowed between the group members proved irresistible, and the single rose into the national Top 10. The funky follow-up "Get Up and Get Down" momentarily stalled the group's commercial momentum, but the album's next single, "In the Rain" rose to #5 Pop and topped the R&B chart. The album version of the latter hit stretches out the single's 3:29 to an even more inviting 5:11.

The group continued to score on the R&B chart, but never again found the same level of cross-over success. Additional personnel changes altered the group's vocal balance, with lead singer William Howard replaced by Larry Reynolds in 1973. You can hear the transition in this disc's bonus tracks. Concord's reissue includes the group's entire second album, A Dramatic Experience (including the superb anti-drug "The Devil is Dope"), as well as the funky bonus tracks "Stand Up Clap Your Hands" and "Hum a Song (From Your Heart)." The entire disc has been remastered in 24-bit audio by Joe Tarantino, and given the low quality of vinyl sold in the early `70s, this is very likely the best these discs have ever sounded outside the studio. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Classic Soul
Very puzzling that the Dramatic aren't better known, or revered, among soul fans. Possibly that lack of acclaim is due to the fact that they recorded for a smaller label, as... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to get this CD
Always loved this album back in the day, bought it twice, now I can play it in my car or anywhere.
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Daniels
Run! Don't walk! Get your fingers on this fine cd as soon as you can! There is some fine foot stompin' music along with a few ballads to get you and your honey in a lovin' kind of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Duval Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Search is over
If you love The Dramatics, this remaster has all the favs you listened to in the car as kid growing up in the inner city! LOVE IT!
Published 10 months ago by richmond c bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Traveling Music
I'm retired and travel a lot playing golf and visiting family members. When I really need to get on down the road I listen to this "Ole Skool" R&B. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Earl S. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Stax!
Fantastic Stax album including their biggest hit, "In The Rain".

8 tracks:

1. Get Up And Get Down
2. Thank You For Your Love
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Published on February 20, 2010 by The Invisible Swordsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure soul is the best way to describe this album!
This is definitely a classic Dramatic's album. Every song on here just about is slammin'. I pretty much have all of their stuff on wax, but i was really glad to have copped this... Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by Eric Robinson
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