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Little Anthony & The Imperials – 1973 – On a New Street

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Wonderful work from Little Anthony, a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album, using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other, both of whom really help take the group to a whole new level!

The Thom Bell material fits perfectly with his work with The Stylistics from the same time, and the cuts have a wonderfully mellow east coast harmony style that’s quite different than Anthony’s earlier work. Teddy Randazzo does a pretty nice job, too, but with a fuller sound too, almost in a Manhattans mode that makes for a nice change from the previous fragility of Anthony’s vocals. 

Tracks
A1 I’m Falling in Love With You 3:51
A2 Lazy Susan 2:48
A3 The Loneliest House on the Block 3:54
A4 La La La at the End 3:20
A5 Don’t Have Time to Worry 4:10
B1 That’s What Love Is All About 3:55
B2 What Good Am I Without You 3:15
B3 Sooner or Later 3:00
B4 Loving You Won’t Hurt as Much Tomorrow 3:15
B5 Heartaches Never Entered My Mind 3:38
B6 Easier Said Than Done 4:15

Anthony and The Imperials were already established as hitmakers (thanks to classic recordings such as Goin Out Of My Head, Hurt So Bad, and Tears On My Pillow) by the time they signed with Avco Records. For their debut album for the label, the quartet chose to work with two producers, Teddy Randazzo (with whom they d enjoyed their mid-60 s hits and Thom Bell (enjoying success with The Delfonics and just beginning his hit-filled association with The Stylistics). With its soulful sophistication, ON A NEW STREET benefited from the superb arrangements and production of both Randazzo and Bell and included the Top 30 R&B hit, I m Falling In Love With You

The album and the singles released escaped the notice of many buyers at the time, but there’s some wonderfully emotional music here, driven by Antony’s well-judged vocals and Bell’s superb full and warm arrangements. Even “La La La” with it’s schmaltzy lyrics hits home, thanks to the fine performance. The tracks produced and co-written by Teddy Randazzo, Antony’s longtime collaborator, are worthwhile, especially Easier Said Than Done.