The Whatnauts – 1971 Reaching For The Stars / 1972 – On The Rocks
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The Whatnauts week ends up with 2nd and 3rd album which complete their discography. Both vinyl seems brand new (never played before) so are perfectly ripped on @320.
The Whatnauts needed a better name. That’s the main thing. They most definitely had the chops, with Billy Herndon on lead vocal and angelic falsetto, Gerald Pinkney on baritone and Garrett Jones in the tenor slot. They had the material, with classic slices of Philly soul like “Message From A Black Man”, “I Dig Your Act”, “Genuine”, “Please Make The Love Go Away” and “You Forget Too Easy”. They just needed two things: a better name and a strong record label. They went through several of the smaller labels (the biggest was Stang), never quite hitting the big time like their contemporaries the Moments, the Chi-Lites and the Stylistics, but their music is superfine and a joy to discover.
Give a listen. These men were the real deal!
A1 Try Me (And I’ll Show You) 4.15
A2 Friends By Day (Lovers By Night) 3.27
A3 Alibis And Lies 3.39
A4 I Dig Your Act 2.25
B1 You Gave Me True Loving 3.09
B2 World 5.22
B3 We Will Always Be Together 3.34
B4 My Thing 3.12
This album is probably the best ever by this legendary Baltimore soul group and it’s darn impossible to find on the original vinyl! Includes the massive breakbeat track “World”, which starts with great hard drums, then leaps into a nice tight funky soul groove. Sweet harmonies, heavy soul, and a very raw production vibe make this an instant classic! (Dusty Groove)
A1 You Forget Too Easy (3:29)
A2 Heads Up (3:40)
A3 Hurry Up And Wait (4:07)
A4 I’m So Glad I Found You (3:15)
B1 Only People Can Save The World (4:33)
B2 Blue Fly Away (2:43)
B3 Why Can’t People Be Colors Too? (4:55)
B4 Ooh Baby Baby (3:17)
Heavenly harmony soul! This is the 3rd album by this famous east coast vocal group and it’s completely impossible to find in the original. The record has a great mix of heavy soul tracks like “Only People Can Save The World” and “Why Can’t People Be Colors Too?” plus some great mellow ballads, like “You Forget Too Easy”, “Blues Fly Away”, and “I’m So Glad I Found You”. The full original cover has the band sitting on some rocks (real ones), superimposed in a champagne glass! And as with their other records, the production and a fair bit of the songwriting was handled by George Kerr, the master of the east coast harmony sound so the sound is amazingly soulful! (Dusty Groove)
Our regular visitor, contributor and Soul Funk expert Groovy Emmanuel sent the following comment which deserves to be posted here : Those were glory days for the east coast soul scene, when indie labels such as Stang were firing on all cylinders and released some of the best music at the time. A sound not that distinguished as Philly or Detroit or Memphis perhaps, but by all means sweetened with loads of strings, sophisticated arrangements and some warm harmony vocals. A sound way too good to be ignored! So let us all give full credit to the great George Kerr who was also responsible among others for the fine sound of Skull Snaps and behind another Baltimorean harmony group, The Optimistics… Trying times as The Whatnauts sing.