Monday, May 12, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE DRAMATICS - GREATEST SLOW JAMS
This set isn't a greatest hits in the normal sense, but rather a collection of their best soul ballads, for the U.S. radio format called slow jams. Now, that just happened to be the group's specialty, so many of the chart hits are here, including the gorgeous In The Rain, but since many of them only made the lower reaches of the Top 100, they'll be unfamiliar to all but the biggest fans. The excellent Toast To The Fool, the follow-up to In The Rain, certainly deserved a better fate, a great example of their multiple voices style. And I Panicked is another should-have-been, a gritty vocal from Ron Banks over sleek soul. There are several album cuts as well, including 1972's Fall In Love, Lady Love, a huge production with strings, horns, percussion and harmonies, proof of how deep the quality was for this band. I could have used a little variety rather than all slow stuff, but each cut has beautiful moments.