The Notations – 1975 – Notations
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The one and only album released by this great Chicago vocal group a sublime harmony outfit who’d recorded some excellent indie 45s before getting the chance to do this one-off set for Curtis Mayfield’s Gemigo label! The style of the set is a bit more polished than some of the group’s earlier work and has them stepping out strongly with help from Chicago studio talents that include Rich Tufo, Tom Washington, and Richard Evans all of whom help the group bounce along in a really lively style that’s very much in the spirit of the second wave of Chicago group soul of the 70s.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Gemino Records LP including covers.
A1 It’s All Right (This Feeling) (2:54)
A2 Take It Slow (4:10)
A3 Bills Breakup Homes (2:57)
A4 Make Me Twice The Man (3:41)
A5 There I Go (2:29)
B1 Since You’ve Been Gone (3:24)
B2 It Only Hurts For A Little While (3:52)
B3 I’m Losing (3:20)
B4 Make Believin (3:03)
B5 Think Before You Stop (3:16)
1. I’m Still Here (3.59)
2. Superpeople (3.55)
3. The Chopper (2.48)
This album from the legendary Notations was another rare album that had a king’s ransome placed on it by record dealers and collectors alike.
Originally released by Curtom records in 1975, this album has all the hallmarks of a ’70s classic. The Notations album is served up very much in a classic ’70s mould with a lot of ingredients: Leroy Hutson is certainly one flavour.
Check out the collectors’ favourite, Take It Slow, and hear what I mean. These guys have an excellent sweet soul harmony and are supported by some lovely tunes, crisp horns and swirling strings. The mood, in places, is very ‘Philly’ too – a play on Thom Bell and the Mighty Three production is echoed on the timeless Make Me Twice The Man. This is the sort of track that really hits the spot and makes you feel so, so good. There I Go and the foot-tapper, Since You’ve Been Gone are of a similar vein and I feel that they had some influence by the Spinners, surely.