The Smith Connection – 1972 – Under My Wings

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A sublime bit of east coast soul and the only full album ever cut by this heavenly-voiced trio! The group have a sound to rival the best of their contemporaries on the harmony soul scene, one that floats along on a light pillow of strings and soul, with just the right amount of heavier touches to give the record a bit more of the HDH depth. The falsetto bits are especially nice drifting out in front of the deeper vocals and the whole thing’s got a solidness that should have made these guys huge.

These brothers from St. Louis are the Delfonics of the Mid-West. If you like the style of male vocals from the ’70s, this is a must buy.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Buddah records with covers. There’s a CD reissue only in Japan.

Tracks
A1. The Day You Leave 3.54
A2. I’ve Been In Love 3.44
A3. I Can’t Hold On Much Longer 3.01
A4. Under My Wings 3.49
A5. Wish I Had You 3.05
A6. ‘Til There Was You 3.00

B1. My World Is Empty Without You 5.25
B2. Rainy Days & Mondays 3.45
B3. I’ve Come To Stay 4.12
B4. Angel Girl 4.00
B5. You Ain’t Livin’ Unless You’re Lovin’ 3.35

1
….I’ve been collecting classic soul since the 1990s. For so long, I have searched for a group that had similar vocal and instrumental styling as The Main Ingredient during their early years. And The Smith Connection fits that description. This early-70s group, has all the beautiful orchestral and vocal styling of that era. Their harmonizing is beyond words. In some songs, their vocals blend together so smoothly until they almost sing like the wind. I will say that parts of this album are very syrupy and sweet, and for anyone not familiar with early-70s soul groups, they may write this album off as sounding “dated.” But hey, that was the sound of the time and it’s still beautiful to hear.
My favorite song on this album is ‘Til There Was You‘. It is gorgeous! I also like I’ve Come To Stay and My World Is Empty Without You. If you listen to I Can’t Hold On Much Longer (another favorite), listen to the amazing falsetto who comes in at the end of each verse “…a love you won’t regret!” And “…I love you so much more!” Perfect timing and delivery. My voice cracks when I try to sing those lines. As I have mentioned before with other lesser known soul artists, with so much great competition out there at the time, I understand why this group isn’t as memorable as they should be, but they still deserve more attention. They earned a spot in soul history. After hearing this album, the group leaves me hanging for more.

2
The first time I heard these guys was back in the 70’s. I was just a teenager then in high school. It was one of my fathers’ records I heard him playing and it blew me away. Years later I still remember them even though its been years since I heard them. A definite collectors item for those into classic soul R&B.

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15 Comments
  • JDigital
    Posted at 16:52h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I LOVE this album. This has quickly become one of my favorite albums. I’ve been looking for something similar to the Delfonics for so long, and thank you for providing my fix.

  • knightmelodic
    Posted at 02:05h, 04 May 2008 Reply

    Great post and great blog. I believe you are in error though. The Smith Connection cut 2 LPs. I know because I have the second one and as soon as I find it, I’ll rip it. Thanks again.

  • JDigital
    Posted at 10:30h, 08 May 2008 Reply

    To knightmelodic, PLEASE rip the second LP. I’m in love with the first.

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 19:38h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • know:(juander)
    Posted at 04:20h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    this record is really dope. good sample material too. definitely going to buy

  • sasha
    Posted at 21:32h, 23 October 2008 Reply

    thx so much for this!

  • Patti
    Posted at 04:48h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    My husband and I both love The Smith Connection. My husband courted me with this album along with The Delfonics,Chilites, and The Main Ingredients. We recently had a friend make us a cd of the Smith Connection and so many memories came rushing back for us. It was like falling in love all over again in high school. I recommend everyone to get this album, you won’t be disappointed I promise you.

  • Lamont Motion Shannon
    Posted at 21:01h, 14 May 2009 Reply

    I would appreciate if someone made available a lot of the local groups from St. Louis who during the 1966-70 era made either one album or a single. There were some good groups along with the Smith Brothers as they were originally called during our time in Soldan High School. St. Louis was known for good artist way before Nelly. Keep on diggin the real music my brothers & sisters.

  • BJBeats
    Posted at 20:08h, 16 July 2009 Reply

    THANK YOU! Great Album, great blog =))

  • Fan4Sure
    Posted at 12:20h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    This always has been my #1 album–by far! Just outstanding! Listening to it is such a soothing getaway from the hustle and bustle. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I believe mine is “The Day You Leave”.

  • Jazzwhat
    Posted at 00:05h, 27 August 2009 Reply

    thanks for this great album, beautiful harmonics, thanks nikos!

  • Dan
    Posted at 19:49h, 21 January 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this one.

  • michael cable
    Posted at 08:39h, 07 April 2011 Reply

    Back in 1973 i was shoping for a few lp’s,and I ran into Smith Connection I never heard them befor so it was a gamble.So let me tell you,I struck gold. I lost my collection long ago,thought to never hear them again,and bam!you have them. THANK YOU!

  • Rita
    Posted at 05:30h, 15 April 2011 Reply

    This is one of my most favorites, because I knew them personally! We all went to high school together and I got to enjoy their musical talent in person, regularly. What a wonderful walk down memory lane!!!!

  • DeidraB
    Posted at 16:40h, 12 June 2011 Reply

    I was a lilttle girl in BK born in 71 and by late 72 this all our mom played …on Saturday mornings this is what we were woken up to. Thank you MOM I now 40 I love the album to this day..I sing the songs to my 7yr old

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