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The Moments – 1972 – My Thing

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The smooth voices of Harry Ray, Billy Brown, and Al Goodman ring true on ten hit and miss sides. The misses are the filler that comprise half the ten songs; they aren’t irritating or ingratiating, just bland tunes with apathetic arrangements. Every artist at All Platinum/Stang Records must have recorded “My Thing”; there are versions by Sylvia, the Whatnauts, and the Moments, at the very least. The song is all right, but did it merit the countless remakes? It flopped as a single, but the flip “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” is much better — a sad ballad sung in clear falsetto by Billy Brown.

Surprisingly, it gets omitted from the many Moments compilation CDs, though it’s one compelling number. Harry Ray’s reading of “Baby I’m a-Want You” is magical, his light falsetto sparkling on David Gates’ classic. Complete with airport ambience, “I Gotta Find a Way” is a charmer;

Harry waits and contemplates at the airport about getting his baby back as a female announcer announces flights over a loudspeaker. I like the close, syncopated harmonies on “Look What You’ve Done“, another tasty ballad. Eight of the ten songs are ballads except for “My Thing” and the twee-sounding “Life and Breath“.

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