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The Independents

  • Discs of Gold [Wand, 1974] B+

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Discs of Gold [Wand, 1974]
Although they've never broken top twenty, this quartet has scored eight r&b hits since 1972, four of them top ten and every one included on this efficient long player. The mode is post-Smokey with Claudette reinstated--three men and one woman who excel in the contained "love" vocal style, with Chuck Jackson adding his gift for recitative (a truly great ironic chuckle). I like the songs, too--but admit that they're not bright enough for pop. B+