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The DeBarges [Gordy, 1981]
Four harmonizing siblings, and if you think Berry's been here before, you're a lot less than 80 percent right. For one thing Berry's not calling the shots--they produce, they write, they even play (supposedly). Not too long on substance in those departments, I admit, but young adults who sing with the grace of children don't just get away with flight fantastic--when they fly as high and free as Bunny (who's a girl) and Eldra (who isn't), it's their destiny. A-