The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspirations
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- Released: November 7, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Stax
- 1.Wishes And Dishes
- 2.You Roam When You Don't Get It At Home
- 3.Slipped And Tripped
- 4.All It Takes Is You And Me
- 5.Pity Yourself
- 7.Call Me When All Else Fails
- 8.The Whole World Is Out
- 9.Why Marry
- 10.Sweet Inspiration
- 11.Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
The Sweet Inspirations: Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shamwell.
Personnel: Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell (vocals); Chico Winston (tenor, tenor saxophone); Robert Thomas (guitar); The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (strings); Ronald Colman, Ronald Coleman (trumpet); The Memphis Horns (horns); Ebony Web, Michael Allen (piano); Ray Griffin (bass guitar); Terry Johnson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Audio Remixers: William C. Brown; Henry Bush; William Brown .
Recording information: 04/25/1967-03/??/1973.
Editor: Daryl Williams.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Myrna Smith; Estelle Brown; Robert Thomas ; Chico Winston; Ronald Coleman; The Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Michael Allen; Terry Johnson; The Memphis Horns.
Arrangers: David Porter; Ronnie Williams; James Mitchell .
Though Cissy Houston was long gone from the group by the time they made this album, it's a fine set of gospel-pop-soul, with arrangements that manage to be sophisticated without getting slick. Co-produced by David Porter and Ronnie Williams, who as a pair also wrote most of the material; the songs are good and varied, the vocals and harmonies emotive and ebullient. The CD reissue adds two hits that they recorded for Atlantic in 1967 with Houston in the lineup ["Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and "Sweet Inspiration"]. ~ Richie Unterberger
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