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The Chi-Lites: A Lonely Man [Brunswick, 1972]
It's OK that producer-singer-songwriter Eugene Record has written an entire album for the male supplicant he created. But it's not OK that except for the folk-kitsch masterpiece "Oh Girl" (a/k/a "Oh That Harmonica") not one of these songs is going to get him what he wants--true love, a roll in the hay, a hit single, anything. Nor is it okay that he bids fair to turn into the falsetto Isaac Hayes on "A Lonely Man" (a/k/a "Have You Seen Her Yet") and "The Coldest Days of My Life" (a/k/a "The Longest Song I've Ever Written"). B