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Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

  • Ecstasy, Passion & Pain [Roulette, 1974] C+

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Ecstasy, Passion & Pain [Roulette, 1974]
On the cover the group sits in a chain-filled basement trying sheepishly to establish an "evil" "image." They could use one--the three r&b hits are set apart only by Barbara Roy's vibrato-tinged soul shouting. I prefer "I'll Do Anything for You," a girl-groupish tune that sounds like it got misrouted to Philly when Motown moved to L.A. C+