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"D" Train

  • "D" Train [Prelude, 1982] B+
  • The Best of "D" Train [Prelude, 1986] B+

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"D" Train [Prelude, 1982]
Their burgeoning street rep reflects the burly appeal of James Williams, who sings lead like the president of the Teddy Pendergrass Fan Club, Boys and Girls High chapter. More power to him. But their chart success reflects the complete control of keyboard pro Hubert Eaves III. Hooks don't grow on streets. B+

The Best of "D" Train [Prelude, 1986]
Dwarfing pretenders as estimable as Colonel Abrams, James Williams has owned the ranking Pendergrass shout since he surfaced barely out of high school five years ago, but he hasn't grown--hasn't broadened and deepened into the booming power of a world-class hunk. And although the filler here is a lot stronger than the filler on the debut, the debut provides the three lead and best cuts. And "You're the One for Me" keeps sneaking back on its recycled synth hook. Their first shot was their truest. B+