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the classic master (the_classic_master)
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hello all, the thread for the sexy soul groups was easy for me to do, but the 70's usher in a whole load of great groups with more than one great lead singer.this is going to be hard, i couldn't only do five, so i decided 2 do the top ten

1.the o'jays - time to get down - wildflower - desire me - let me into your world - listen to the clock on the wall.
do i even have to explain? they were the best 2 me, with several classic albums and hits galore.

2.the whispers - if you - somebody loves you - it's a great day - let's go all the way - what will do. i swear these guys never do a bad ballad! i could've ran off another 10 great songs from these guys before even thinking about and the beat goes on.

3.the spinners - he'll never love you like i do - throwing a good love away - smile, we have each other - mighty love - one of kind love affair. they were already a good group in the 60's but my man phillipe, and thom bell took them to greatness.

4. the manhattans - you'd better believe it - it's gonna take a lot to bring me back - it feels so good to be loved so bad - one life to live - the picture became quite clear. my dad's favorite group. even after the great smitty passed on, gerald came right in and they didn't miss a beat.

5. the temptations(dennis edwards) - firefly - heavenly - a song for you - just my imagination - runawaay child, running wild. dennis and damon pick up the torch right after the great david ruffin and eddie kendrick left off and continue their dominace through the 70's.

6. the dells - the love we had stays on my mind - does anybody know i'm here - i can't do enough - slow motion - always together. though they been together since the 50's, they finally got on a hot streak from the mid 60's thru the 70's. all you ever hear from are the 2 classics stay in my corner and oh what a night.

7. the dramatics - thank u for your love - be my girl - and i panicked - fall in love, lady love - i can't get over you. super underrated group, they can give any of the ten groups here a run for there money.

8. the intuders - slow drag - together - united - i'll always love my mama - girls, girls, girls.that right they had other song besides cowboys to girls and i want to know your name and mama. their late 60's stuff was the best. the beginning of the great philly sound.

9. harold melvin & the bluenotes - to be true - after you love me, why do you leave me - don't leave me this way - you know how to make me feel so good - where are all my friends.maybe harold should've called them teddy and the bluenotes.lol.

10. tavares - check it out - never had a love this before - more than a woman - remember what i told u to forget - heaven must be missing an angel.i don't know how they were pigeon hole as a disco group, when they made a lot of soul classics 2.

so how do u rank them?

(Message edited by the_classic_master on August 03, 2006)
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Nish (nish)
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1. The Whispers
2. The Miracles
3. The Natural Four
4. Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes
5. Black Ivory
6. The Escorts
7. The Whatnauts
8. Bloodstone
9. The Dramatics
10. Skip Mahoney and the Casuals
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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Nish - I have to agree with you on the Skip Mahoney...'where ever you go, I will follow...' just beautiful...and the Dramatics...I cant say enough about them...

Brick
Raydio
E/W/F
Ohio Players
Kool and The Gang
Barkays
Pleasure
BlackByrds
OJays
Spinners
Con Funk Shun
Emotions
First Choice
Parliament/Funkadelic
Cameo
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tsull (tsull)
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Wow, the first list is near-perfect, IMO!

My rankings:

1. Spinners -- best selling soul group of the 70's and my favorite all-time group.

2. O'Jays -- Perhaps tied with the Spinners as my all-time favorite, and I think the most talented group back then and today. Better staying power than almost anyone; their new stuff holds up very well. I dare anyone to find a better 1-2 singing punch than Walter and Eddie.

3. Temptations -- No. 1 in the 60's, No. 3 in the 70's, IMO. Edwards was great. Their 70's stuff is underrated, IMO. "Just My Imagination" -- greatest slow song of all time in any genre.

4. Harold Melvin and Blue Notes -- Teddy kicks a$$!

5. Dramatics -- Excellent at funk or ballads!

... I could go on. I think The Whispers would be near No. 1 in the 80's. I feel they hit their stride with "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady."

... Oh yeah, The Whispers are doing just fine now. Recently bought their new CD, "For Your Ears Only" -- best new soul CD I've bought in at least five years. Album of the year, easily, IMO. Must buy -- go and get it!
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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Isleys
Brass Construction
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the classic master (the_classic_master)
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hey, i was going to do a list on the funk bands ladyvanye.lol. this thread was 4 the vocal groups.

p.s the isley brothers.. i didn't know how 2 rank them, a funk band or vocal group? i figure in theier prime in the 70;s they were a funk group. and the great gladys knight & the pips, i always put her in the female catagory even though she's from a group. she's #3 on my female list(aretha and patti are 1 and 2)and if i put her on the group list then she's in the top 5. what's a soul brother 2 do? help me sdf.
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the classic master (the_classic_master)
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hey tsull, check those early sides from the whispers from the late 60's and early 70's. the time will come, all i do is dream about u, seems like i gotta do wrong, can't help but love you, and the ones i listed. man talking about some serious soul ballads. u know that great intro and ending to the magic touch's step into my world.they got that from the mighty whispers note for note. it's a great day and the time will come, just 2 let everybody know it wasn't a fluke, he did it twice.
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tsull (tsull)
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Thanks for the head's up on early Whispers stuff. I haven't heard them do any bad stuff, quite the legends. Gotta see them in concert, that's a high priority for me.

Again, get the new CD if you don't have it, best album I've bought in years!
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the classic master (the_classic_master)
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oh i believe u , i'm going 2 get it this weekend.
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Mr Soul (mr_soul)
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Dramatics
Dells
Spinners
O'Jays
Whispers
Intruders
Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
Isley's
Commodores
Ohio Players
Funkadelic/Parliament
Stylistics (Philly cuts)
Crown Heights Affair
Trammps
Independents
Montclairs
New York City
War
Blue Magic
Tavares
Delfonics
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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Classic Master - go vocal on the Isleys. They were monsterous either way.
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Boynextdoor (boynextdoor)
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Sexy Soul of the 70's....well, I don't know if they were considered soul or funk (what's the difference)?....anyway, I'd say Parlet. Yeow. I just got their "Best Of"...Lord...those girls could blow the roof off!
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Kev-Lo (7273747576)
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Hi this is Kev-Lo
Delfonics
Blue Magic
Whispers
Main Ingredient
Continental Four
Moments
Manhattans
OJay's
Chairmen Of The Board
Notations
Dramatics
Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes
Chi-lites
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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You folks have already mentioned most of my favorites. But, how in the world could I ever leave Enchantment off of my list???

Joe B. used to set it up REAL SMOOTH like & E.J. would BAMMM!!! bring you on home to church!!

The contrast between Joe B & E.J. was excellent & the harmonies were delicious. Enchantment made some of the most memorable ballads circa 1976 - '81!

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