Greatest Hits (Remastered) Detroit Emeralds

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Label: Janus Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Classic Soul

Interpret: Detroit Emeralds

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  • 1Feel the Need in Me03:41
  • 2Do Me Right02:49
  • 3Holding On02:42
  • 4I Think of You03:43
  • 5I Bet You Get the One (Who Loves You)02:12
  • 6Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)03:49
  • 7You're Getting a Little Too Smart03:19
  • 8You Want It, You Got It02:59
  • 9Long Live the King03:31
  • 10Guess Who's Been Talking02:52
  • 11I'm Qualified04:00
  • 12Yes, I Know I'm in Love02:44
  • 13Wear This Ring (with Love)03:11
  • 14If I Lose Your Love03:14
  • 15Lee02:44
  • 16Something You Got02:19
  • 17Set It Out03:20
  • 18My Dreams Have Got the Best of Me02:47
  • 19Feel the Need03:37
  • 20I Can't Seem to Forget04:16
  • 21There's a Love for Me Somehwere02:27
  • 22I Can't See Myself (Doing Without You)03:18
  • 23Heaven Couldn't Be Like This02:19
  • 24I'll Never Sail the Sea Again03:52
  • Total Runtime01:15:45

Info zu Greatest Hits (Remastered)

This album collects all of the highlights from the Detroit Emeralds' '70s recordings, including the U.K. hits 'Feel the Need in Me,' 'You Want It You Got It' and 'I Think of You,' making it the definitive career overview of this underrated soul group. Anyone who boogied through the disco era will remember the tune 'Feel The Need' - it's right up there with 'I Will Survive', 'We Are Family', and - dare I say it - 'YMCA', as one of just a handful of true mirror-ball anthems. What's more it's still played today. You can hear it in discerning clubs where the 70s feel still rules. The funky brass stabs and shimmering strings of 'Feel The Need' are a sure guarantee to get the punters off the wall and on their feet. But ask those self same punters to name the band responsible for this epic piece of dance floor magic and they'd probably be at a complete loss. More's the pity 'cos the band - The Detroit Emeralds - were more than just one hit disco wonders! This new 24 tracker is an attempt to put the record straight - it contains no less than 11 tracks which were hits in some shape or form both in the UK and in the US, some classy B-sides, a slew of sophisticated album tracks and, to complete the picture, two unreleased gems!

Real soul fans know, of course, that the Detroit Emeralds have a long, checkered and sometimes incestuous history. The Emeralds were essentially the brothers Abe and Ivory Tilmon and childhood friend James Mitchell. They began their recording career with Detroit's semi-legendary Ric Tic label but when Ric Tic folded the band eventually signed with Westbound. Touring in Memphis the boys eventually cut some tracks in Willie Mitchell's famous studio. The Memphis rough-cuts had vocals and sweetening added in Detroit and the result was the band's first real hit - 'If I Lose Your Love'. Westbound clearly thought they had found a winning formula and this strange hybrid method of recording was repeated again and again to produce a sound for the group that combined the down-home funk of Memphis with the sophisticated soul of Detroit. This GREATEST HITS set perfectly captures that unique sound. Hit followed hit and egos got bigger. By 1974, however, the group had started to fall apart, with two versions of the band on the road at one time! Different combinations of the group gigged and recorded throughout the 70s. Sadly Abe Tilmon died of a heart attack in 1982, and other band members eventually retiring. This new compilation is a testimony to what the Emeralds were at their peak - an all-round first-rate vocal harmony soul group - oh and yes - 'Feel The Need' is included here - twice!

The Detroit Emeralds

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The Detroit Emeralds
consist of two brothers, Abe and Ivy Tillmon, and James Mitchell. Abe and Ivy both were born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1943 and 1941 respectively, whilst James was born in Perry, Florida in '41. The trio got together five years ago in Detroit and, in fact, will be celebrating their fifth anniversary in the splendous 20 Grand Club in Detroit later this year.

Ivy and Abe were part of the Tillmon Brothers, a spiritual group in Detroit, before becoming two-thirds of the Detroit Emeralds. As can be deduced from what's already been written, the group was formed in 1966 in Detroit and was immediately signed by Ric Tic Records, a local company that was enjoying a good deal of success at that time and whose recordings are probably today the most sought after in this country.

We actually had three singles issued by the company," James Mitchell told me. "Firstly, there was "Show Time", on which we sang on one side whilst Al Kent and an orchestra handled the flip. Then came "Ordinary Man", followed by a version of "Ode To Billy Joe". Al was also producer on the sessions. We actually cut the last title because it was always very popular in our act. Motown bought out Ric Tic in 1968 and the company stumbled for a few months before finally giving us our contract back. Mr Wingate, who was the owner of Ric Tic and Golden World, was also our manager until late in '68, when we got our complete freedom.

"We waited and looked around for a few months and in '69 we decided to go with Westbound, who appeared to be an up-coming label and in our home town, Detroit. Our first release for the company was a thing called "Things Are Looking Up and A-Holding On" but it didn't do anything for us. So, we persuaded the people at Westbound to let us do our own material and our own production. The next release was "If I Lose Your Love", which Abe and I wrote and we completely produced ourselves. That was early last year and we did a couple of others during the year, too; all of which sold a little bit better than the previous one, all getting on the R&B charts. Then, this year came "Do Me Right", which has been the big breakthrough and has sold nearly a million now."

The success of "Do Me Right" and its follow up, "Wear This Ring", has lead to the Detroit Emeralds first album, all of which they wrote, arranged and produced along with Sonny Sanders. And, with the money the trio has earned, they have bought their own lounge in Detroit, suitably named the Emerald Lounge.

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