Gene Chandler – 1970 – The Gene Chandler Situation
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This is the Gene Chandler’s 1st album on the Mercury Label (available only in vinyl) and I must say it’s :
Listening, over and over again to the album and looking back to the “Duke of Earl” and hearing a completely different sound, all from one man, is truly an experience. That’s what this album will be to you, an experience you won’t soon forget. Here Gene has something for everyone, the pop music lovers will certainly enjoy “Groovy Situation” , “Simply Call It Love” and “It’s Your Love I’m After”. The Soul of Gene comes out as he does “Unforgettable” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”.
[[Gene Chandler]] is best known for his 1962 Doo Wop hit Duke Of Earl. He continued to record after that and had a long relationship with Curtis Mayfield, who wrote most of his material in the mid-1960s. Situation is one of Chandler’s later releases and featured his pop hit Groovy Situation that sold about 1 million copies. That song is by far the best off the album, which is full of the slick Soul and heavy ballads that was popular in Chandler’s Chicago at the time.
This a @320 vinyl rip of the original Mercury record including covers.
A1 Groovy Situation (3:12)
A2 Simply Call It Love (2:35)
A3 Hallelujah, I Love Her So (2:20)
A4 Not The Marrying Kind (3:08)
A5 Give Me A Chance (3:38)
B1 Am I Blue (4:10)
B2 Bright Lights And You, Girl (2:15)
B3 Hey, Little Angel (3:00)
B4 Unforgettable (3:10)
B5 It’s Your Love I’m After (2:25)
Arranged By : Tom Washington – Produced by : Gene Chandler
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s, with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul groove but the best part of all is Gene, who’s an amazing singer with a maturity that stretches years beyond his earlier hits, and which put him in a camp with the best of his generation. The songwriting is excellent throughout, with a great mix of uptempo numbers and heartbreakingly personal ones. Titles include “Groovy Situation”, “Simply Call It Love”, “Not The Marrying Kind”, “Give Me a Chance”, and “Hey, Little Angel”.
….Finally, tired of the road and no viable new hits, Gene turned his attention to the business end of the industry. After all his successes, Gene decided to put his energy into producing, arranging and hyping other acts. Gene formed two music-publishing companies, a production company and was President of Bamboo Records. Gene’s biggest hit at Bamboo was “Backfield in Motion” by Mel and Tim in 1969. Gene selected this song, cut it and sold a million copies. In 1970 Gene signed with Mercury Records and recorded “Groovy Situation”. The Strength of both of these tunes got him nominated for “Producer of The Year” Award for the National Association of Television and Radio announcers (NATRA). Gene won the NATRA award in Houston, Texas in August of 1970. He beat Norman Whitfield, producer of the Temptations and Gamble and Huff of the Philadelphia sound for the award, an astounding accomplishment considering the popularity of the Detroit and Philly revolution in that time period.
” Groovy Situation ” was a top hit that summer, selling another million. Gene’s disco hits were extremely popular in the UK in the 70s and 80s and Gene collaborated with Reggae star ” Johnny Nash ” in London. “Get Down”, another million-seller absolutely rocked the disco revolution. Gene was with Chi-Sound Records, as Executive vice-president under the direction of Carl Davis at the same time “Get Down” was recorded.