Tavares – 1973 – Check It Out

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 When asked to name the Soul Music supergroups of the ’70s and early ’80s, folks tend to gravitate to familiar names such as Earth, Wind and Fire, the Spinners, the Commodores and the Isley Brothers.  However, five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts – Ralph, Tiny, Chubby, Butch and Pooch Tavares – arguably created the most consistently high quality soul music of that period.

Originally called “Chubby and the Turnpikes,” the Tavares brothers spent the late ’60s and early ’70s in their native New England covering tunes of R&B greats at various clubs, while trying to land a record deal. They finally scored a contract with Capitol Records’ then-new black music division and released their first single, “Check It Out,” in 1973. It soared to the top 10 on the R&B charts and became the group’s first top 40 pop hit. It also became the centerpiece for the their Johnny Bristol-produced debut album, an excellent example of early ’70s Soul that also featured the hit “The Sound That Lonely Makes.” The Check It Out LP gave the first glimpse of tight brotherly harmonies and alternating lead vocals that would become the Tavares trademark sound.

Tracks
A1
If That’s The Way You Want It 2:49
A2
Strangers In Dark Corners 3:57
A3
That’s The Sound That Lonely Makes 3:42
A4
Check It Out 3:25
A5
Wish You Were With Me Mary 3:23
B1
I’ll Never Say Never Again 2:35
B2
Little Girl 2:35
B3
Let’s Make The Best Of What We Got 3:35
B4
I’m In Love 3:58
B5
Mama’s Litle Girl 3:05

From Earth, Wind & Fire and L.T.D. to The O’Jays and the Dramatics, many of the great soul outfits of the 1960s and 1970s paid more than their share of dues. None of those groups were overnight sensations, they struggled a long time before becoming huge, and the same can be said about Tavares. The Boston vocal group was formed in 1964, and it wasn’t until 1973 that Tavares finally landed a deal with a major label. But there is one important difference between Tavares and those other soulsters; unlike EWF (which didn’t really start to achieve supergroup status until its fifth album) or the O’Jays (which recorded its share of commercially unsuccessful records before becoming famous at Philadelphia International), Tavares made it big with its first album. Capitol didn’t screw around when it signed the Tavares siblings in 1973; making sure that they hit the ground running, Capitol united them with singer/composer/producer Johnny Bristol on their debut album, Check It Out. Known for 1970s hits like “You and I” and “Hang on in There, Baby,” Bristol was a master of smooth, sophisticated Northern soul, and he proves to be a major asset to Tavares on gems like “Strangers in Dark Corners,” Billy Preston‘s “Little Girl,” “That’s the Sound That Lonely Makes” (a number ten R&B hit), and the romantic title song (which reached number five on the R&B singles charts). Before Check It Out, Tavares was considered a noteworthy local attraction in the Boston area. When this excellent album took off, the quintet became famous all over the U.S.

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26 Comments
  • Kevin
    Posted at 22:06h, 29 October 2012 Reply

    My favorite Tavares song and one of my favorite songs of all time !! In my top ten for sure !!

  • LCD
    Posted at 22:09h, 29 October 2012 Reply

    Great Classic!! Fantastic sound and Unique.♥──★

  • Adam Davie
    Posted at 00:52h, 30 October 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the Tavares album. I’ll looking forward to listening to it.

  • zobba
    Posted at 10:58h, 30 October 2012 Reply

    thanks

  • Dimitri
    Posted at 10:05h, 31 October 2012 Reply

    Greaaaaaaatttttttttttt!!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 20:12h, 31 October 2012 Reply

    thank u nikos

  • AmAn
    Posted at 23:09h, 01 November 2012 Reply

    Top notch post !!!

  • Anne
    Posted at 11:06h, 02 November 2012 Reply

    Where is the Love button?

  • U24
    Posted at 11:12h, 02 November 2012 Reply

    Classy Classic !

  • Leman
    Posted at 22:51h, 02 November 2012 Reply

    This shit will never go out of style.

  • TjP
    Posted at 17:48h, 03 November 2012 Reply

    That’s Soul. Thanks a lot.

  • Angel
    Posted at 23:38h, 03 November 2012 Reply

    Golden 70’s. Soul at it’s best.

  • Dell
    Posted at 15:28h, 04 November 2012 Reply

    Another winner post as usual. Keep on..

  • Elina
    Posted at 17:22h, 04 November 2012 Reply

    Too young to know them but i love this sound.

  • DJ Sick
    Posted at 10:05h, 05 November 2012 Reply

    anotha gem…thanks dude

  • Fred
    Posted at 10:15h, 05 November 2012 Reply

    Can’t wait to here it man. Thank u.

  • Daredevil
    Posted at 23:36h, 05 November 2012 Reply

    Yo, unbelievable post!! Thanks so much!

  • Jack
    Posted at 23:46h, 05 November 2012 Reply

    Your blog is fantastic- can’t wait to check it out each week.

  • Dolce
    Posted at 17:34h, 10 November 2012 Reply

    you da man!!!!!!

  • Neil
    Posted at 13:39h, 13 November 2012 Reply

    that’s a gem.

  • stephphs
    Posted at 13:04h, 08 December 2012 Reply

    thanks à lot for this great band

  • Steel
    Posted at 08:10h, 14 December 2012 Reply

    great album…im from new bedford, so i know all about the tavares. Friend of the Family!

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 03:37h, 02 January 2013 Reply

    THANK YOU NIKOS!

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 18:10h, 28 July 2013 Reply

    Thanks wonderful group, Seen them live mid seventies at our local night club, electrifying!
    They was also know as Chubby and the Turnpikes, before name change
    😀

  • Eddie
    Posted at 15:02h, 15 February 2014 Reply

    Thanks a lot!

  • valvebone
    Posted at 20:43h, 25 December 2016 Reply

    Brilliant. IIRC, brother Vincent handled lead on ‘Check It Out’.

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