The Futures – 1980 – The Greetings Of Peace
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A superb vocal Philly soul quintet.
The Futures made a poor career move when Gamble Records ended up by signing with Buddah Records, thus missing a golden opportunity to join Philadelphia International Records.
Their first Buddah release ‘(That’s) The Way Of A Woman In Love’ b/w ‘Grade A Woman,’ was released in January 1974. The second single ‘No One Could Compare’ b/w ‘You Better Be Careful’ was released shortly afterwards.Without the major label support that Philadelphia had to offer bands like the O’Jays, andHarold Melvin & the Bluenotes & the Stylistics, the band failed to reap the benefits of their productions. Buddah released the Futures third single ‘Castles’ June 1975, which continued the string of under achievments.
They issued the Futures’ first album ‘Castles In The Sky‘, in 1975 which didn’t include the first two singles. Its promotion was almost non existent. Barbara Mason wrote their final Buddah single ‘We Got Love,’ prompting a poorly promoted tour with Philly’s First Lady of Soul. Finally, they reunited with Gamble & Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company’s glory days were over. The first release ‘Part Time Party Time Man,’ was their most successful single. Its ‘rare groove’ successor ‘Ain’t No Time For Nothing,’ was succeeded by three more singles including ‘Mr. Bojangles.’
Philadelphia International released two albums by the Futures, ‘Past, Present & The Futures‘, and this one, the obscure ‘The Greetings Of Peace’. Warped Records issued the final Futures’ recordings in 1982: ‘Let’s Get To It’ b/w ‘Young & Tender,’ and ‘Angel In Disguise’ b/w ‘Betcha Come Back.’
The 3 albums by The Futures on FMS here