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Moment Of Truth – 1977 – Moment Of Truth

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Despite the fact this is a Salsoul album, it is not Disco, but an uptempo Soul concept album, as described by its lyrics writer, Reid Whitelaw: “Moment of Truth is an album about the desire for love”.  Music and arrangements are by Norman Bergen. Both produced it. And it is very good, with raucous and soaring voices, great songs like “Lovin’ You Is Killing Me”, “Chained to Your Love”, “You Got Me Hummin'” and my favorite, “Helplessly“.

Musicians include Funk Brother Bob Babbit and Leon Pendarvis. When I bought it, it was because of the Salsoul logo, but since then I have sometimes been disappointed by Salsoul productions : not by this one, a compact studio concept perfectly realized, which played a lot in my cd player at the time.

One of the best vocal & music arrangements from the late 70’s. This group did not receive the recognition it deserved.

Tracks
A1 Chained to Your Love 5:04
A2 Lovin’ You Killin’ Me 4:21
A3 At Long Last 3:55
A4 You Got Me Hummin’ 4:11
B1 Helplessly 3:40
B2 You’re All I Want to Be 3:54
B3 Come On In 6:01
B4 So Much for Love 3:37

The one and only album by Moment Of Truth – a short-lived group with a mighty east coast club groove! The set soars with a sound that’s in the mode of the best Philly work of the mid 70s – clubby, but not too caught up in disco cliches, and handled with plenty of soul on the vocals and the rhythms. Reid Whitlaw and Norman Bergen produced, and though their names aren’t the most well known in the Salsoul roster, they do a great job with both the uptempo numbers and the sophisticated ballads. Includes “Lovin You is Killin Me“, “You Got Me Hummin“, “Helplessly“, and “You’re All I Want You to Be“.

Some disco and soul historians argue that disco was born in Philadelphia when Jerry Butler recorded the extremely danceable and highly syncopated “One Night Affair” under Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff‘s direction in 1972. But whether or not disco was actually created in Philly, the city undeniably made many outstanding contributions to the genre. One of the finest albums recorded in Philly in 1977 was this self-titled LP by the superb but obscure soul/disco quartet Moment of Truth.

Such sleek yet gritty jewels as “So Much for Love“, “Chained to Your Love” and “Helplessly” (a minor club hit) pack a strong emotional punch that brings to mind groups like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and the Intruders, but Truth’s overall approach is much more disco-oriented and club-conscious. Clearly, the group realized that the best disco stressed vocal personality, not just beats.