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.

Tracks
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

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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.

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23 Comments
  • Macabre5150
    Posted at 21:07h, 31 January 2015 Reply

    What a great group, I’m gonna miss you is on my top 10 fav. songs of all time. Thank you for this great album

  • Rob
    Posted at 16:06h, 01 February 2015 Reply

    Another ace.

  • Pe##4
    Posted at 16:46h, 01 February 2015 Reply

    A harmony soul gem indeed.

  • Marcelo
    Posted at 11:24h, 02 February 2015 Reply

    essa musica é muito Show é canção de ouro 

  • Florence
    Posted at 11:44h, 02 February 2015 Reply

    Classic soul from the 60s.

  • Michael
    Posted at 11:57h, 02 February 2015 Reply

    The music industry stopped making music like this long ago, sadly……Thanx for posting this one, good looking out.

  • Reggie
    Posted at 09:36h, 03 February 2015 Reply

    One of my good ole favs from high school. Thanks for posting.

  • Trainsoulover
    Posted at 12:38h, 03 February 2015 Reply

    Wow! Thanx.

  • Floyd
    Posted at 00:54h, 04 February 2015 Reply

    Great work digging this up.

  • Charles D
    Posted at 10:22h, 04 February 2015 Reply

    This is pure gold, Chicago soul magic from beginning to end. This is a classic …..Thanx!!!!!

  • joeboy
    Posted at 17:59h, 04 February 2015 Reply

    Pureclassic from one of the greatset harmony bands from the windy city A truely class act to follow

  • Susie
    Posted at 01:11h, 05 February 2015 Reply

    Aaahhh how I love this song!!!

  • Marcelinos
    Posted at 11:06h, 05 February 2015 Reply

    Never heard of this group! It’ll be awesome to find out !! Thanks !!

  • Pilar
    Posted at 14:12h, 05 February 2015 Reply

    esta cancion es mi favorita muy linda

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 19:14h, 05 February 2015 Reply

    Today I shall travel at the speed of darn good music. Nobody did it like “The O’Jays” and still do. 🙂
    Thanks for posting one of the top 10 on MY all time favorite groups list. Stand Up Yall!!!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 12:37h, 06 February 2015 Reply

    wonderful

  • bk Ewt
    Posted at 23:40h, 06 February 2015 Reply

    this is the shit right here

  • BestQ2
    Posted at 23:43h, 06 February 2015 Reply

    This is surely one of my fav. I can remember hearing this for the first time like it was yesterday. Keep on soulin’.

  • Bobbie
    Posted at 13:03h, 07 February 2015 Reply

    Thanx for sharing such an amazing records collection

  • Jason28
    Posted at 01:35h, 08 February 2015 Reply

    my early childhood, memories !

  • Garmish
    Posted at 01:39h, 08 February 2015 Reply

    Proud to have grown up in the seventies!!!

  • Imma
    Posted at 14:49h, 09 February 2015 Reply

    Nice classic 

  • CHRIS
    Posted at 05:15h, 29 March 2015 Reply

    μπραβο για την κασταπληκτικη δουλεια που κανετε!!!!!
    γουσταρω με χιλια!!!

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