The Five Heartbeats
by Various Artists
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- Released: April 26, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Virgin Records Us
- 1.DellsA Heart Is A House For Love
- 2.Patti LaBelleWe Haven't Finished Yet
- 3.After-7Nights Like This
- 4.U.S. MaleBring Back The Days
- 5.Bird & The Midnight FalconsBaby Stop Running Around
- 6.Flash & The Five HeartbeatsIn The Middle
- 7.Five HeartbeatsNothing But Love
- 8.Flash & The Ebony SparksAre You Ready For Me
- 9.DellsStay In My Corner
- 10.I Feel Like Going On
Producers: George Duke; Tena Clark; Jesse Johnson; John Nettlesby and Terry Coffey; Steve Tyrell; George Duke and Steve Tyrell (tracks 6-8); Bobby Miller; Howard Johnson and Jerry Peters.
Personnel: Darryl Phinnessee, George Duke, Demetrius Harvey, Jackie Smiley, Michael J. Baker , Patti LaBelle, Billy Valentine (vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Schober; Erik Zobler; David Hines ; Allan Nyerson; Jeff Balding; Paul Arnold; Barney Perkins.
Audio Remixers: Erik Zobler; George Duke.
Photographer: Michael O'Neill .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Keith Michell; Tressa Thomas; Chuck Barksdale; John E. Carter ; Verne Allison; Marvin Junior; Melvin Edmonds; Michael McGill; The Dells; Billy Valentine.
Arrangers: Darryl Phinnessee; George Duke.
The soundtrack of the 1991 Fox/Robert Townsend film about the travails of a fictional '60s soul music vocal group includes the hit ballad "A House Is Not a Home" performed by The Dells, whom Townsend consulted with on the film. Lead singer Marvin Junior, one of the most underrated voices in pop music, poignantly delivers the melancholy lyrics. After 7 had a Top 10 R&B smash with the smooth as silk "Nights Like This." There's plenty of retro touches on the album. "Baby Stop Running Around" has Temptations-ish James Jamerson-inspired bassline. The mid-tempo jam "In the Middle" sounds like The Spinners circa '70s. Patti Labelle intensely sings "We Haven't Finished Yet." Unfortunately, young Tressa Thomas' vibrant version from the film was not included on the CD. Rance Allen gives a sizzling performance on "I Feel Like Going On." The soundtrack makes a great companion to the movie, which is available from Fox Home Video. ~ Ed Hogan
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