The Chi-Lites – 1969 – Give It Away
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This is the debut of one of the greatest vocal groups of the early ’70s. One of the pioneers of Sweet soul.
Harder, more raw Chicago Soul, in the vein of Tyrone Davis’ recordings of the time. Not as slick as their following albums
Give It Away was the Chi-Lites first album for the Brunswick label and was named after their first hit single. A Soul tune, but “My Whole World Ended” is even better with its upbeat mood. There are also good covers of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”, but the best number is the cool “What Do I Wish For” with its little guitar intro and finger snaps before Eugene Record comes in with his trademark falsetto voice. “You’re No Longer Part Of My Heart” is another uplifting song.
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This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Brunswick record with covers.
A1 Give It Away 2:43
A2 Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was 3:28
A3 My Whole World Ended 3:04
A4 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 3:05
A5 What Do I Wish For 2:55
A6 That’s My Baby for You 2:05
B1 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me 2:28
B2 You’re No Longer Part of My Heart 2:58
B3 24 Hours of Sadness 2:06
B4 To Change My Love 2:28
B5 The Twelfth of Never 2:41
After nearly a decade of plugging away in the Chicago soul scene, the Chi-Lites finally reached the charts in 1969 with the effervescent Top Ten R&B hit “Give It Away.” Hot on its heels followed this debut LP, a strong one thanks to the composing/performing/producing dynamo Eugene Record as well as the steady hand of producer Carl Davis. “24 Hours of Sadness” is a copycat of their first hit, but just as enjoyable a performance and just as sparkling a production, while “Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was” is a sweet ballad that avoids the expected melodramatic pitfalls. The group’s runthrough of several Motown nuggets (“My Whole World Ended,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”) is also surprisingly successful, with Record’s crystal falsetto on the former making for a nice translation of David Ruffin’s original. The quartet got a little groovy for “That’s My Baby for You,” and though a few of the other album tracks are distinctly inferior, the Chi-Lites’ first full-length was a bright spot for Chicago soul.
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