Love Committee – 1978 – Law & Order
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The classic club groover by Love Committee, and one of the most sought-after on Gold Mind/Salsoul – a soulful set of club classics that almost beats most of the other work by its contemporaries! The session’s grounded in some very solid help from the Sigma Sound team – production and arrangements by the likes of Norman Harris, Ron Tyson, or BHY Productions – in that wonderfully soulful style that was the best mode of the Harris Machine when it was working overtime! The style is disco, but far from the cliches of more commercial work like this – and much more in the legacy of Philly soul from the earlier part of the decade.
A1 Law and Order 8:42
A2 Tired of Being Your Fool 2:54
A3 If You Change Your Mind 3:40
A4 Cheaters Never Win 3:57
B1 Pass the Buck 5:26
B2 Put It in the Back of Your Mind 4:23
B3 Give Her Love 5:15
B4 Just as Long as I Got You 5:34
By George O’Leary
The late 1960s/1970s Philadelphia-based group The Ethics, led by tenor/falsetto Ronald Tyson, first formed up in 1967 and, including Carl “Nugie” Enlow, Andrew “Bike” Collins and Joe Freeman, registered twice on the R&B singles charts for the small, local independent Vent Records in 1969. The first was the June # 32 Farewell b/w I Want My Baby Back as Vent 1006, followed in October by the # 43 Tell Me b/w There’ll Still Be A Sweet Tomorrow as Vent 1007.
Prior to those two they had released Think About Tomorrow b/w Look At Me Now as Vent 1001 in Nov 1968, and in Feb 1969, Sad, Sad, Story b/w Searching as Vent 1004 which had done marginally well on a local/regional basis, and all told these weren’t bad results for a tiny operation like Vent which had virtually no funds for proper promotion. But that showed with their next releases which could not regain the R&B listings: Standing In The Darkness b/w That’s The Way Love Goes as Vent 1008 in March 1970; and Good Luck b/w Who In The World which, although probably recorded sometime in 1970, did not emerge until 1974 as Golden Fleece ZS7 3252, another small operation owned by Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris and Earl Young who had distribution arrangements with Columbia.
Tyson would came back later in the 1970s as the lead with Love Committee along with fellow Ethics member Joe Freeman and new members Norman Frazer and Larry Richardson (who would be replaced by Michael Bell at some point), and in March-April 1976 scored with the # 32 R&B Heaven Only Knows b/w Am I Wasting Time? as Ariola-American 7609. They followed that well over a year later with the Nov 1977 # 57 R&B Cheaters Never Win b/w Where Will It End? as Gold Mine 4003, and in July 1978 by the # 97 R&B Law And Order b/w a re-release of Where Will It End? as Gold Mind 4011. Gold Mind was a subsidiary label of Salsoul Records.
Unlike his days with The Ethics, Tyson and his new group would record two albums, the first in 1978 titled “Law And Order” (Gold Mind GA 9500) and the second LP, titled simply “Love Committee” came out in 1980 as T-Electric MCA-3233.
Tyson, whose brother David was a member of The Manhattans, became a full-time member of the legendary Temptations in 1983 and would contribute to some 26 of their 87 hit singles into 1999.