The Artistics – 1968 – The Articulate Artistics

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A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics’ genius right from the start – mixing in some deeper soul modes than you might expect from the Windy City side of Brunswick Records – yet still keeping the Chicago contingent firmly in place thanks to production by Carl Davis, arrangements by Sonny Sanders, and a wonderful set of material written by the likes of Eugene Record, Floyd Smith, Marvin Smith, and Gerald Sims. The vocals are wonderful – rawer at some moments than others, which really gives the album a great sense of personality.

Tracks
A1 You Left Me 2:30
A2 Hard to Carry On 2:21
A3 A Man With Feeling 2:36
A4 One Last Chance 2:22
A5 That’s What My Lady Says 2:50
A6 Fading Memories 2:29
B1 Lonely Old World 2:09
B2 The Other Side of Sadness 2:36
B3 Ain’t That the Way It Goes 2:49
B4 Have No Pity 2:22
B5 Trouble, Heartache and Pain 2:18

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Review by soulmakossa

With ‘The Articulate Artistics’, this group inarguably cut its best album for Brunswick. Whereas its predecessor and follow-up at times were marred by syruppy orchestration and overblown arrangements, this LP is pretty much an all-the-way through soul effort that sits nicely next to Brunswick classics such as Jackie Wilson’s ‘Whispers‘, Barbara Acklin’s ‘Love Makes a Woman‘ and Tyrone Davis’ ‘Can I Change My Mind‘.

You Left Me” is a terrific mid-paced beater, sparsely arranged with shimmering strings and a stellar vocal by lead man Marvin Smith.

Beat diggers can cut their teeth on “Hard to Carry On“, a funky jam kicked off by a vicious drum break. Sizzling horn chart and infectious chorus on this one. “A Man With Feeling” borrows heavily from Motown, although the guitar is way more upfront, but “One Last Chance” is one of those typical Brunswick creatures: a “Higher & Higher“-groove heavy on the one.

From the authorship of Chi-Lite Eugene Record and self-styled soul man Major Lance comes the sweet, mid-tempo ballad “That’s What My Lady Says“, while there’s something of a more pop-oriented approach on the rockin’ “Fading Memories“.

Lonely Old World” sounds a tad old-timey to my ears, but it is followed by the greatest cut on the disc, the brilliantly arranged groover “The Other Side of Sadness“, which leans on a catchy, descending bass riff and a hypnotizing, one-note Hammond lick.

An intricate horn chart graces the beautiful ballad “Ain’t That the Way It Goes“, another Record vehicle, which is juxtaposed with the heavier ditty “Have No Pity“, with its funky guitar and shaking tambourines.

The album closes on another good high with a classic bit of Windy City soul, as Smith and company cruise to the melodic “Trouble Heartache and Pain“. Simply gorgeous… especially the chorus and the string leit motif.

If you want only one Artistics album, I recommend this one.

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19 Comments
  • Paris
    Posted at 09:04h, 15 July 2016 Reply

    Great LP. Thank u.

  • Loretta
    Posted at 09:59h, 15 July 2016 Reply

    Memories of listening to this with my daddy & granny ❤️❤️❤️

  • rich
    Posted at 22:50h, 15 July 2016 Reply

    i dont usually get stuff from the 60s but the album cover intrigued me

  • Jerry
    Posted at 23:38h, 16 July 2016 Reply

    beautifull music for ever and we shall keep this music alive

  • Sam
    Posted at 10:51h, 17 July 2016 Reply

    Thanks so much. Never heard of these guys before. Can’t wait to check ’em out.

  • Rea
    Posted at 11:54h, 17 July 2016 Reply

    Another delightful choice. Thanks for posting and sharing these gems with us.

  • Danilo
    Posted at 19:04h, 17 July 2016 Reply

    Yet another great post, thanks!

  • XcX
    Posted at 19:43h, 18 July 2016 Reply

    Listening now and this is sounding pretty cool. Thanks for another great post.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 19:47h, 18 July 2016 Reply

    Great songs and production, a lovingly compiled set. Thanks for bringing this here.

  • joe
    Posted at 09:16h, 19 July 2016 Reply

    Great stuff on the Brunswick Label, locked into history.

  • Mel
    Posted at 09:17h, 19 July 2016 Reply

    Classic soul from this Chicago band.

  • Antonio Carlos
    Posted at 18:57h, 19 July 2016 Reply

    Musica e letra maravilhosa !

  • MrBonito
    Posted at 09:12h, 21 July 2016 Reply

    quality of the highest order

  • Soop
    Posted at 09:13h, 21 July 2016 Reply

    this is that shit right here.

  • Mariah
    Posted at 11:08h, 23 July 2016 Reply

    I so wish I could step back 40+ years and start out again. ….

  • Marcus
    Posted at 13:04h, 23 July 2016 Reply

    Some of the beats back in the day were KICKIN’

  • H2O
    Posted at 11:00h, 24 July 2016 Reply

    Thanks so much. Can’t wait to listen to this one.

  • Artsoul
    Posted at 12:16h, 28 July 2016 Reply

    they wish they had music like this now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neil
    Posted at 02:05h, 26 August 2016 Reply

    I’m Gonna Miss You is one of my favourite albums and this follow up is almost as good. Thanks for sharing.

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