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Sands of Time

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tabu
  • ASIN: B00000DS30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
After two hit albums and a string of hits with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the S.O.S. Band was on FIRE come 1986 and reunited with Flyte Tyme (for a third and final time) for this INCREDIBLE album. I can't say anything that already hasn't been said here already, but I CAN SAY that this album was bittersweet, where it would be the last one recorded with Flyte Tyme Productions and with Mary Davis on lead vocals.

I remember when the first single, "The Finest" was playing on the radio; I knew exactly who it was (by hearing Mary's sexy, incomparable voice) and rushed to the record store after work to buy a copy of it. The musicianship here as well as the production and song choices are all unsurpassed and resulted in yet another (the 3rd, I believe) Gold record for them. Had Jam & Lewis and Mary Davis hung around, I'm sure there would have been many more hits for them throughout the remainder of the 80's and well into the 90's.

The S.O.S. Band continues to tour (with Davis) on the Old School circuit to this day and all three S.O.S. Band's outings with Flyte Tyme are REQUIRED listening and highly influential recordings featuring that famous "cowbell" sound (Roland TR-808 drum machine) which was cloned over and over by many other bands of that era with good results.

Here's a little trivia for ya: The singer who first replaced Mary Davis was Pennye Ford, yet Ford did not even play into the band's next recording, "Diamonds in the Raw" in 1987. Instead, SHE was replaced with Chandra Currelley. Sadly, there were no mega-hits post Mary Davis.

The GOOD NEWS: Davis reunited with the band in 1994 and they have been touring the Old School R&B circuit for close to twenty years now! S.O.S. Band has also just released a brand new single, "Just Get Ready," which very closely resembles "Just Be Good To Me." The new album will drop in the summer of 2014!
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Format: Audio CD
I just recently 'rediscovered' this album (on tape version) while doing some cleaning up and moving around. I had forgotten all about this one here, but one play instantly reminded me of how much I love the SOS Band. Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, this funk group produced many classic grooves and hits for the eighties. This fourth album was the lead singer's, Mary Davis, last outing with the group. I can tell you that this is classic summertime music. 'The Finest' is just a great song.
"After all that we've been through
Time won't change the way I feel about you
out of all the loves before
you're the finest I've ever known"
Everybody that was alive in 86 knows that song. That's the jam right there. 'Even When YOu Sleep' was another instantly enjoyable groove.
"Even when you sleep/ you know that I'm there
to hug and keep you warm/ and soothe you while you're dreaming
a twinkle in your mind/ should bring back lots of joy
sweet dreams my love will always be yours when you sleep" Another Jam.
The group focused mostly on the midtempo jams such as that one and Mary Davis had the smoothest voice to perfectly compliment these tracks. They could also get down with dance grooves and ballads, don't be mistaken. Every song is a classic. The title track, Nothing But The Best, No Lies, Borrowed Love, Two time Lover. This is an absolute must have, get this one anyway that you can and by all means necessary, no matter the consequences.
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This is a perfect cd from this group. Every song fits and flows endlessly. My fave song besides "The Finest" is "Nothing But The Best"! The Bassline is sick and the melody is infectious... I'm sooooooo glad to have it in my collection... The extra cd is a bonus and I thoroughly enjoy it....
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The SOS Band ( Sounds of Success) were at their peak with this 1986 smash R&B release...Unfortunately, it would be their last collaboration as the group would lose some of it's original members and lead singer as well (Mary Davis went on to pursue a solo career which never captured fans like her work with the group)!
The SOS Band was catapulted to hot R&B Funk status at this point in time... not just on their sheer talent alone but by the smooth and ingenious production and writing by former Time band members Jam and Lewis. The sound was Minneapolis' own brew of catchy melodic hooks and sassy lyrics backed by electronic synthesized soul and plenty of rhytmic drum and bass...
The best track was the popular hit The Finest; a mid tempo dance tune set to some of the most seductive and captivating vocals as well as instrumentation!
Unfortunately, this is SADLY an out of print c.d. that can only be found as a used title now. Lucky I bought an original pressing back in the late 80's when this title was committed to the digital format...
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This is without a shadow of a doubt the best album by the SOS band, the final album of their 80s output to have the silky smooth velvet tones of Mary Davis on lead vocals.
There is not one bad song on this album and once again it's the mighty production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis who are in the driving seat. Even without the extra tracks and remixes, this album is well worth the money. Every song invokes the 80s to a tee, I had this on vinyl, then tape, then cd (that got nicked, probably by another decent music fan). Now I have it again and it still sounds as good now as it did when it was originally released.
Go on, be good to yourself and buy this album along with On The Rise and Just The Way You Like It and listen to a band and production team at the top of their game.
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