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With these soul legends scoring hits for so many labels, a one-label anthology ain't gonna cut it; this beauty puts their biggest Volt, Cadet, ABC and MCA hits on one CD for the first time! Includes In the Rain; Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get; Me and Mrs. Jones; Hey You! Get off My Mountain; Be My Girl; Shake It Well; I Can't Get over You and 13 more hits!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.46 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Hip-O
- Item model number : 2140834
- Original Release Date : 2000
- Date First Available : October 21, 2006
- Label : Hip-O
- ASIN : B00004YLO3
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,715 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The Dramatics, like many R&B groups, began singing doo-wop in high school, this time late in the era, in the early 60's. They were from Detroit and in this case you have to pay attention to Ron Banks, a founding member and the high voice of the group. He is the only constant member from beginning to end. The Dramatics had so many personnel changes It would take a complicated chart to list them and show when they were in the group. sorry, but I won't even try. In this case it got so bad that when two members left the group angrily in 1972 they hired a couple guys and toured as the Dramatics leaving Ron to hire new members and tour as Ron Banks and the Dramatics. That was a messy affair that ended up in court with Ron Banks winning total rights to the name.
The big break came in the late 60's when the group became associated with label owner Eddie Wingate and his producer Don Davis. After Wingate sold his label to Motown (who didn't want the Dramatics) they all ended up in Memphis, where Wingate wanted to create a blend of the Memphis and Motown Sounds. He never did this, but he and Davis got the Dramatics signed to Volt and turned them over to producer/songwriter Tony Hester, who wrote almost all their songs through 1975 including their two big hits.
Their other big hit, of course, was In the Rain, which over the years has become a super-classic song. It was a big departure from the pounding rhythm and dramatic presentation of Whacha See is Whacha Get. Usually a label wants a group to do something similar to the hit song, but In the Rain was like the total opposite, a slow jam with a sad story.There had been a late '71 single, Get Up and Get Down, that didn't do anything on the pop charts (#78). But it was a dance-oriented song and might have done better if it was 1976. In the Rain with its storm-sounds opening and trippy guitar echoes was just what everybody wanted in early 1972 and became their biggest hit ever, selling a million and getting a gold record.
The Dramatics never had a big pop crossover hit after that but like many groups remained a solid presence on the R&B charts through 1980. After 1975 their songs were often written by Don Davis or Cecil and Shirley Womack. These later songs are full of 70's funk (Shake It Well), disco (Finger Fever) and ballads (Ocean of Thoughts and Dreams). my favorite of this late period is I Just Wanna Dance With You, a funk number in a kind of Kool and the Gang style. From the earlier songs, another personal favorite is their take on Me and Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul's million seller from late 1972. Billy brings out more of the pain of the song but the Dramatics make it into a vocal tour de force that will blow you away. There are some wonderful vocals on this disc and that is what you go to the Dramatics for.
The songs here span a number of labels but Hip-O is part of Universal who owns most of the masters and licensed the original masters for what they didn't own. The sound here is excellent as is the quality of the original productions. With 20 songs you can't go wrong with this collection.
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Sehr gut ist bei diesem US-Import auch die Klangqualität, sowie das sämtl.Trax in orig. Länge serviert werden, wie denn auch sonst?!
Also, für Soul-gourmets die echte Kost, für Einsteiger eine sehr gute Einführung zu dieser Supertruppe des deepen Souls...gotta have it!