Brenda & The Tabulations – 1977 – I Keep Coming Back For More
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Brenda and the Tabulations burst onto the scene during the classic mid- 60s soul years with ‘Dry Your Eyes‘, on the Dionn label, reaching the R&B Top 10 and # 20 in the Hot 100, and enjoyed a succession of crossover hits with soulful ballads in the ensuing five years on Dionn and subsequently Top & Bottom Records in their home city of Philadelphia. A move to Epic brought them further success in 1973 with the appealing One Girl Too Late , then in 1976 the group signed with Chocolate City, part of the Casablanca empire, and cut the highly-rated album I Keep Coming Back For More at Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia, the source of the wealth of hits on the PIR label. Produced by Norman Harris and Bobbi Eli, the album has become a collectors item which Shout! Records are delighted to re-issue for the first time on CD. The package includes two hit singles in the mellow balladry of Home To Myself and bustling floor-filler Superstar , which took the group back into the R&B top 30 in 1977.
A1 Superstar 5:09
A2 Take It Or Leave It 3:40
A3 Everybody’s Fool 6:05
B1 Home To Myself 4:50
B2 Let’s Go All The Way (Down) 3:41
B3 Leave Me Alone 4:48
B4 I Keep Coming Back For More 3:30
I am amazed at how Brenda and The Tabulations were able to re-invent themselves over the years. This R&B group started out singing doo wop and ended their career singing disco with various hits in between. This 1977 album album opens with the dynamic disco infused “I’m A Superstar” which charted #31 U.S. R&B, which I remember was played in the disco clubs along with “Let’s Go All The Way (Down)“, which didn’t chart but was many a DJ’s favorite, such as Larry Levan from the Paradise Garage and Tee Scott from “Better Days” fame who used to mix and re-mix it making you jump up wanting more. “Take It Or Leave It” is a great slow jam which definitely captures the 70’s “slow jam” sound. “Everybody’s Fool” is another disco song that I remember hearing back in the day, it is one this track that Brenda’s voice might remind you a bit of of the disco diva Carol Douglas.
“Home To Myself” written by Melissa Manchester and Carol Bayer Sager in 1973, is a Dusty Springfield cover, and despite the fact no one can deliver a song like Dusty, Brenda does a great job brining it home. “Leave Me Alone” is another great ballad a little bit more remeniscent of what made Brenda and The Tabulations such a great group; I love the talking she does during the tune. The album closes on the high energy “I Keep Coming Back For More“.
Technically there were no Tabulations during this Chocolate City sessions, it is more of a solo album using the “Tabulations” brand, however it is a great album and brilliant concept. Brenda Payton was a diva in the best sense of the word. She was talented, beautiful and one of the nicest people to work with. Sadly she passed away on June 14, 1992, but her legacy and body of work with be with us forever. I recommend this to all those fans of disco and music from the mid 70’s.