As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Brotherly Love – The RCA Anthology,” a superb 2-CD set that traces the musical journey of The Main Ingredient, one of the premier vocal groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Originally formed in the mid-‘60s as The Poets, the trio of Luther Simmons, Donald McPherson and Tony Silvester began achieving success after two more name changes (to The Insiders and then finally The Main Ingredient) before signing with RCA Records in 1969. The team scored the first of ultimately 17 charted singles for RCA, with 1970’s immaculately soulful ballad, ‘You’ve Been My Inspiration’.
In 1971, The Main Ingredient lost its primary lead vocalist when McPherson succumbed to leukaemia; the addition of longtime fellow Harlem-based friend Cuba Gooding allowed the group to continue its hit-making streak. Self-producing their recordings (mostly with the adept assistance of noted New York arranger/conductor Bert De Coteaux), the trio cut three albums (“L.T.D.,” “Tasteful Soul” and “Black Seeds”) before cracking the US R&B Albums Top 10 with “Bitter Sweet.”
The timeless slow jam, ‘Spinning Around’ gave the trio their first Top 10 R&B single and in 1972, The Main Ingredient enjoyed their first pop/soul smash with ‘Everybody Plays The Fool’; two years later, ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’ (from their sixth LP, “Euphrates River”) became the group’s second biggest international hit single.
This 41-track anthology, lovingly compiled by David Nathan (who interviewed the group many times throughout the ‘70s), includes all of their charted RCA singles and classic LP favourites, along with rarities including two Luther Vandross-penned songs (‘What Can A Miracle Do’ and ‘Party People’).
Stellar notes by noted UK writer Charles Waring draw from a variety of sources and included are new quotes from former RCA executive Ray Harris who worked closely with the group towards the end of their stint with the label. Excellent mastering from Nick Robbins and wonderful artwork from Roger Williams as always.
DISC ONE: YOU’VE BEEN MISSING MY INSPIRATION
1. YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION
2. CAN’T STAND YOUR LOVE
3. I WAS BORN TO LOSE YOU
4. BROTHERLY LOVE
5. LIFE WON’T BE THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU)
6. I’M BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU
7. I’M SO PROUD
8. MAKE IT WITH YOU
9. SPINNING AROUND
10. I’M LEAVING THIS TIME
11. BABY CHANGE YOUR MIND
12. MOVIN’ ON
13. BLACK SEEDS KEEP ON GROWING
14. WHY CAN’T WE ALL UNITE
15. EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL
16. YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE IT (IF YOU WANT IT)
18. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU
19. GIRL BLUE
20. GOODBYE MY LOVE
21. YOU CAN CALL ME ROVER
22. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED IT
23. SUMMER BREEZE
DISC TWO: HAPPINESS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND
1. CALIFORNIA MY WAY
2. HAPPINESS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND
3. LOOKS LIKE RAIN
4. DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING
5. JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY
6. ROLLING DOWN A MOUNTAINSIDE
7. THE GOOD OLD DAYS
8. I WANT TO MAKE YOU GLAD
9. YOU AND ME– ME AND YOU
10. FAMILY MAN
11. SHAME ON THE WORLD
13. LET ME PROVE MY LOVE TO YOU
14. INSTANT LOVE
15. THINK POSITIVE (12” SINGLE VERSION)
17. WHAT CAN A MIRACLE DO
18. PARTY PEOPLE (12” SINGLE VERSION)
With fantastic sleeve notes written by Christian John Wikane, a New York based music journalist, who interviewed Jody Watley specially for this package, we have the Shalamar package their fans have been wanting for years.