The Jones Girls – 1980 – At Peace With Woman

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Classic Jones Girls for Philly!

The record’s a landmark album in the shift from Philly disco to sophisticated modern – and the smooth tight vocals of The Jones Girls are to the latter half of Philly what the runaway singing of Three Degrees were to the early half. Includes their excellent remake of the Stylistics’ “Children of the Night” – which has a cool sample riff on the intro – plus the cuts “I Just Love The Man“, “When I’m Gone“, “At Peace With Woman“, and “Back In the Day”. One of the best female records on Philly International, and with excellent work by Dexter Wansel and Kenny Gamble! 

Tracks
A1 Children of the Night 5:11
A2 Let’s Celebrate (Sittin’ on Top of the World) 4:19
A3 Dance Turned Into a Romance 4:29
A4 I Close My Eyes 4:56
B1 At Peace With Woman 4:31
B2 When I’m Gone 4:49
B3 I Just Love the Man 4:40
B4 Back in the Day 3:58

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BBC Review

If ever a group encapsulated mystery and sophistication for young, impressionable UK funkateers at the turn of the 80s, it was the Jones Girls. The Detroit-based sisters – Shirley, Brenda and Valerie – had been recording since the early 70s. However, it was the success they had supporting Diana Ross on tour in the middle of the decade that brought them to the attention of Philadephia International Records (PIR) founder Kenny Gamble.

They became something of PIR vocalists of choice, singing backups for many of the groups, taking on the mantle once occupied by the Three Degrees. The Jones’ self-titled debut album in 1979 set out their stall perfectly – woozy,
jazz-tinged close harmony soul which proved an instant hit.

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Working with the cream of the label’s musicians and recorded at Philadelphia’s legendary Sigma Sound Studios, the following year’s At Peace With Woman took the formula further.

Although their up-tempo material such as DanceTurned Into A Romance and US hit I Just Love The Man were great successes, the UK connoisseur much preferred their slower, quiet storm material. And there are a couple of absolute stormers here. Album opener, the Thom Bell/Linda Creed-penned Stylistics cover Children Of The Night, sets the languid pace, full of images of night and mystery over a humid groove.

It is the title track that typifies their mellow approach. With an introduction reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire’s Fantasy, it espouses a down-home practical feminism – ”There won’t be peace on earth ’til man’s at peace with woman”. Their vocal blend here is at its most powerful.

The Jones Girls’ smooth soul reached its apogee with Nights Over Egypt from their 1982 album Get As Much Love As You Can.

But for overall consistency,

At Peace With Woman is the Jones Girls at their finest.

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22 Comments
  • gRm
    Posted at 12:16h, 25 May 2015 Reply

    Grrreeeaatt!!!!!!!!!

  • Yris
    Posted at 18:34h, 25 May 2015 Reply

    Come…..let we dance…

  • Grumpy!
    Posted at 21:57h, 25 May 2015 Reply

    Sounds good! Thanks!

  • Robert
    Posted at 03:00h, 26 May 2015 Reply

    thank you!!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 09:17h, 26 May 2015 Reply

    I love it and I’m 23 ❤️ I love old school

  • Dennis
    Posted at 08:34h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    Boy, did I ever dance to this back in the day.

  • Charles
    Posted at 08:49h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    These girls are good

  • Eleminio
    Posted at 09:19h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    philly gold, baby……..

  • A28
    Posted at 11:35h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    Aah, the Sound of Philadelphia. You just can’t beat it, nor any other disco music.

  • Freeman
    Posted at 12:37h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    This one of the groups I used to love to dance to back in the 80s

  • Alan
    Posted at 18:29h, 27 May 2015 Reply

    such a brilliant catalogue… soul/funk fans……we are blessed…unique music.

  • Uman
    Posted at 08:56h, 28 May 2015 Reply

    can’t get no better than this.

  • Tyler
    Posted at 12:11h, 28 May 2015 Reply

    I’m feeling that, yes old school all the way

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 08:48h, 29 May 2015 Reply

    Oh yeah loving the tune brings me back

  • James
    Posted at 12:52h, 29 May 2015 Reply

    I think when this song came out I went skate key in the bronx with my junior high school.

  • Justin9
    Posted at 13:04h, 29 May 2015 Reply

    Sweet!!!!

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 16:53h, 29 May 2015 Reply

    Dope. Thank u.

  • Roy
    Posted at 10:32h, 30 May 2015 Reply

    Again, another one I’m totally unfamiliar with, but given all the fuss it must be worth a listen! Can’t wait to hear it! Thanks so much!!

  • Helena
    Posted at 10:57h, 31 May 2015 Reply

    musica lenta…

  • Nia
    Posted at 12:23h, 31 May 2015 Reply

    My dad had me grow up listening to some good oldies

  • John
    Posted at 12:11h, 02 June 2015 Reply

    catchy vibes

  • Samuel
    Posted at 12:38h, 02 June 2015 Reply

    grooooooovy

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