The Whispers – 1974 – Bingo

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The Whispers engaged in a vintage Philly Soul style on this record. They were catering to Soul fans who favored the smooth, urban Soul also released by the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners and Blue Magic. The Whispers’ forte is ultra-smooth harmony vocals. You find plenty of that on Bingo. While the group has always revealed their greatest strengths in the ballads, they spiced this dish, pardon, disc, with peppy up-tempo tracks which already display much of the danceability and the arrangements of Disco music, Philly-style, which was already going strong in ’74. They are pleasant and breezy (Broken Home; Where There Is Love), if a bit harmless. Here and there, the tunes are reminiscent of Burt Bacharach‘s style of writing. The ballads (e.g. God Gave Me Everything) have that slightly jazzy gloss that is so typical for Whispers’ best stuff. The album still doesn’t sound formalized or cloned and is proof of the fact that sophisticated urban Soul had entered a vintage phase. This phase was soon to be swept away by Rap and dinosaur synthesizer productions.

Tracks
A1
Mother for My Children 3:15
A2
Someone’s Waiting 3:38
A3
Will You Be Mine 3:37
A4
Little Red Riding Hood 3:40
A5
Bingo 5:19
B1
Once More With Feeling 3:22
B2
God Gave Me Everything 3:56
B3
Where There Is Love 3:53
B4
What More Can a Girl Ask For 3:40
B5
Don’t Take Your Love 3:00
B6
Broken Home 3:28

Arguably one of the Whispers’ best LPs, this went virtually unsung due to poor promotion. It was the L.A. natives’ first foray outside of California to record. Norman Harris, along with Allan Felder, Bunny Sigler, and Ron Baker presented them with a treasure chest of tunes. The title track cut a groove from the first note, as the uptempo number was a perfect vehicle for the Whispers; “A Mother for My Children” did all right, rising up the charts, then like a pricked balloon fell even faster. The romantic “Someone’s Waiting” has the deft harmonies favored by the fellows.

Little Red Riding Hood” languished on the LP, but deserved a better fate; Sigler and Felder took the fairy tale and concocted a melodic love song. Writers Hawes, Jefferson, and Simmons’ bouncy “Where There Is Love” is similar to what the Spinners were doing, though their arrangement differs from a Thom Bell chart. Written by bassist Ron Baker, the rump-shaking “Once More with Feeling” scored on the disco chart; the guys sing it with gusto. A good mixture of slow jams and booty-movers (by Andrew Hamilton, AMG)

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28 Comments
  • greg
    Posted at 11:23h, 02 April 2012 Reply

    sounds great thanks

  • Simon666
    Posted at 12:02h, 02 April 2012 Reply

    thanks Nikos!

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 16:29h, 02 April 2012 Reply

    thank you ever so much !!!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 21:55h, 02 April 2012 Reply

    Such a classic, superb post! Happy Eastern… thanks for this wonderful blog

  • Harry
    Posted at 12:09h, 03 April 2012 Reply

    Glad to be able to get this. Thanks for all you do.

  • zobba
    Posted at 17:24h, 03 April 2012 Reply

    thanks

  • erberken
    Posted at 00:47h, 04 April 2012 Reply

    Beautiful! Thank you!

  • Larry
    Posted at 09:57h, 04 April 2012 Reply

    Great early Whispers LP. Thanks.

  • Zoao
    Posted at 23:20h, 04 April 2012 Reply

    Thank you for sharing top class music.

  • Ronnie
    Posted at 10:45h, 05 April 2012 Reply

    I thought they were disco but this is great smooth soul.

  • Chris T
    Posted at 14:07h, 05 April 2012 Reply

    Nuff thanks for this album.

  • Jules
    Posted at 12:26h, 06 April 2012 Reply

    another great surprise. big up.

  • Lou
    Posted at 13:23h, 07 April 2012 Reply

    Never heard of this one.
    Thanks much for sharing!
    Sounds soulful from the preview.

  • Brenton
    Posted at 19:36h, 07 April 2012 Reply

    Fine Soul LP.

  • Amelia
    Posted at 10:01h, 08 April 2012 Reply

    I’m so glad I grew with this music you post.

  • Mary
    Posted at 10:04h, 08 April 2012 Reply

    Exactly, I’m blessed to have grown up listening these Soul/ Funk brothers and Sisters..

  • Gordon
    Posted at 18:54h, 08 April 2012 Reply

    I really wanna thank you for this joint right here. Another gem ive dreamed about hearing. true thanks.

  • Jan
    Posted at 21:27h, 08 April 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this nice album.

  • Paul
    Posted at 08:52h, 09 April 2012 Reply

    Really, really good stuff!!

  • Manuel
    Posted at 08:56h, 09 April 2012 Reply

    One of the first LP’s I ever bought!! Loved it!

  • Simbadsim
    Posted at 17:06h, 09 April 2012 Reply

    This funk stuff is so huge! Thank you for all the albums and music enciclopedia.

  • Noa
    Posted at 08:51h, 11 April 2012 Reply

    thank God gave us music like this!

  • John
    Posted at 23:07h, 11 April 2012 Reply

    Ace. I had it back in the day.

  • Freddy
    Posted at 10:09h, 13 April 2012 Reply

    Just picked up a copy on ebay. Thanks for putting me onto this my man.

  • Curtis
    Posted at 12:09h, 14 April 2012 Reply

    Thanx !

  • apollojams
    Posted at 19:40h, 15 April 2012 Reply

    It’s not so much that this is hard to find….just that it’s hard to find DONE RIGHT. For that, we can only turn to Nikos, Moo, and a few others i won’t mention here [including me, lol], towards whom i am so grateful to have met online. Finally! The original 11-track album [not the ‘edited’ 10-track reissue floating around the used cd bins and blogs], the way it was when i bought it in 1974. It would seem like splitting hairs if not for the fact that the always-missing song “What More Can A Girl Ask For?”, is the reason i bought the album back then in the FIRST place….then discovered that almost the entire album is excellent, Baker/Harris/Young/Sigler philly soul, with the Whispers in top form throughout. As the review above mentioned, this WAS poorly promoted by a label with very little muscle or good distribution. But the songs [7 of the 11 are just superb] really shine, which is why we’re still talking about “Bingo” almost 40 years later. Thanx, Nikos, for a chance to enjoy this [sadly] stolen album, once again.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 02:41h, 20 April 2012 Reply

    This takes me back to one of two compilation LPs that sold me on soul – “Super Bad” and “Black Explosion”. With “Mother for my children” on Black Explosion, I fell in love with the Whispers instantly. And from another compilation LP around the same time, “Someone’s waiting” remains my favourite Whispers track ever !! And for anyone from the UK old enough, there is a stand up comic here called Faith Brown, from Liverpool I think. And she brought out a few cool soul numbers in the mid 70s. One of them was a great rendition of “Bingo” which I have never seen anywhere, but I remember it being very good too. Awesome album from their finest early period.

  • Topaz Bon
    Posted at 02:12h, 17 September 2015 Reply

    I’ve had the singles from this album for years, but I’ve NEVER seen this album before! Wow so rare!! Thanks

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