The Artistics – 1967 – I’m Gonna Miss You
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The Artistics I’m Gonna Miss You originally released in 1967, is a superb example of vocal group soul, in a similar vein to the Chi-Lites and Four Tops, highly collectable as an original.
A Chicago R&B and soul group discovered by Major Lance, the Artistics were formed in 1958 at Marshall High School. They sang at the 1960 Democratic Convention and backed Lance before recording for Okeh in 1963. Original lead vocalist Robert Dobyne joined founding members Aaron Floyd, Curt Thomas, Laurence Johnson, and Jesse Bolian in 1963. Their early recordings for Okeh included the singles “Get My Hands on Some Lovin” and “This Heart of Mine” in 1964 and 1965. Former El Dorado Marvin Smith replaced Dobyne in 1964.
The Artistics joined Brunswick in 1966, and scored their biggest hit with “I’m Gonna Miss You,” which was also the title of their debut album for the label. They had three more moderate hits for Brunswick in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Smith left in 1967, though he continued singing on studio recordings. Tommy Green and Fred Pettis also served as lead vocalists until the group disbanded in 1973.
A1 Sweeter Than Sugar 2:18
A2 Glad I Met You 2:53
A3 There Is No Sadness 2:06
A4 Love Song 3:09
A5 Hope We Have 2:12
A6 I’m Gonna Miss You 2:35
B1 Girl I Need You 2:28
B2 I’ll Always Love You 2:42
B3 It’s Gonna Be Alright 2:16
B4 Why Why Why 2:27
B5 You’re Wonderful 1:52
B6 On and On 2:04
Review by Soulmakossa
The Artistics, a terrific vocal group that had been paying its dues since 1958 and sang at the 1960 Democratic Convention, achieved chart success in 1966 when, fronted by new lead vocalist Marvin Smith, they scored a #9 R&B smash with the mid-tempo work-out “I’m Gonna Miss You“.
“I’m Gonna Miss You” is the quintessential Chicago Soul gem: a bouncing rhythm mixed with harmony vocals and the right amount of polish. The album that was released on the back of it consists of more such concoctions, although truth be told, many tunes here, although good, lack a memorable hook.
The kick-off, “Sweeter Than Sugar“, is fast-paced Chi-town goodness, with Marvin Smith singing his behind off and the rest of the fellas falling in behind him. A beautiful, swirling string arrangement opens the mellow ballad “Glad I Met You“, one of the LP’s finest moments.
Bernard Reed, Brunswick studio’s bassplayin’ genius, gets the spotlight on the gallopping, chugging “There Is No Sadness” and the horns take centre stage on the snazzy “Love Song“.
Things get slightly funky on the haunting “Hope We Have“, with its congas and droning guitar and unorthodox chorus, but the quartet’s forte, sweet, up-tempo ballads, is on full display once more with the breezy “Girl I Need You“, also recorded by labelmate Jackie Wilson.
The Motown influence is evident on “I’ll Always Love You“, but it’s right back to Chicago with the pleasantly shufflin’ piano-heavy ballad “It’s Gonna Be Alright” and the typical mid-paced fingersnapped “Why Why Why“, the latter nicely laced with strings. Speaking of violins, the gentle “You’re Wonderful” features some intricate staccato string patterns on the verses.
The disc ends on a lightly funky note with “On and On“, which is typified by Reed’s ecclectic, poppin’ bass lines.