The Controllers – 1977 – In Control
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The Controllers were among the most underrated and overlooked ’70s soul groups. They didn’t generate nearly as much publicity or have as much crossover success as fellow Alabama performers the Commodores, but their slow songs were far more earthy and explosive. Their reflective “Somebody’s Gotta Win” eloquently and passionately delivered by lead singer Reginald McArthur, stands tall amongst the set’s more Southern-flavored offerings. This album was a solid hit with R&B and Southern soul audiences, and still retains plenty of power. Collectables later reissued this album as part of their Golden Classics series.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Juanna Records LP, including covers.
A1 People Want Music 5:01
A2 Heaven Is One Step Away 7:13
A3 This Train 3:56
B1 You Ain’t Fooling Me 3:19
B2 Somebody’s Gotta Win 8:00
B3 The Reaper 4:16
B4 Sho Nuff A Blessin 4:20
Arranged By [Horns And Strings] – Wardell Quezergue
Horns – Muscle Shoals Horns
Producer – Frederick Knight
Alabama soul belters the Controllers began as the Epics in 1965. They became the Soul Controllers in 1970, and finally the Controllers. Reginald and Larry McArthur, Lenard Brown, and Ricky Lewis formed the lineup, and were especially effective on heartache ballads, though they also did competent up-tempo dance numbers. They relocated to Miami in the late ’70s and began recording for Juana.
Frederick Knight produced some of their material, including the 1977 debut LP Somebody’s Gotta Win, Somebody’s Gotta Lose. They enjoyed moderate success with other Juana singles and LPs, though both “Heaven Is Only One Step Away” and “We Don’t” were outstanding performances. They moved to MCA in 1984. Stevie Wonder made a guest appearance on harmonica for their first MCA single, “Crushed,” which reached number 30 on the R&B charts. Their biggest MCA hit was “Stay,” which peaked at number 12 in 1986. They moved to Capitol in 1988, issuing Just in Time that year.
“Heaven Is Only One Step Away” has got to be one of the most breathtaking , soulstirring ballads of our time ,why it never made it into the worldwide mainstream is beyond me but that just makes it all that more beautiful when one finds a gem of a song like this and then later on down another fabulous gem of a song “Somebody’s gotta win,somebody’s gotta lose” these guys should have been just as famous as the four tops, the temptations, the spinners, the isley brothers,on n’ on plus they should be playing on everybody’s stereo ,keep the soul baby!!!!
Now I don’t have this on disc at this time, but I will be purchasing it without a doubt. These guys made some bad bad slow jams. In fact when I start a Slow Jam Hall Of Fame they’ll be in it. They sing from the heart, emotive, deep soul. I remember when I bought their first album back in 77, “Somebody’s Gotta Win” was the lead off tear jeaker, with “Heaven Is Only One Step Away” following hot on it’s heels. In fact, a good friend of mine, at the time, got married to that very song, that’s how bad Heaven was, and still is actually. If you get a chance and can find The Controllers “The Timeless Collection” jump on it. Serious singing going on!
Listen up the awesome ballad “Heaven Is Only One Step Away”
You can also enjoy producer’s Frederick Knight‘s “Ive Been Lonely For So Long” album here