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.
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
….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.
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.