The Dramatics Shake It Well: The Best of the Dramatics 1974-1980

Shake It Well: The Best of the Dramatics 1974-1980
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: MCA

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 10/94, p.130
3 Stars - Good - "...building through the usual raindrops-are-really-tears-actually malarkey to a near-hysterical climax. Worth the price of admission here alone..."
Rap Pages - 3/99, p.144
4 (out of 5) - "...THE BEST OF THE DRAMATICS gathers hits from the latter part of the group's career....The ballads, however, set the group apart from the soul-turned-quasidisco pack..."


  • Buy for $0.991.Shake It Well
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  • 3.You're Foolin' You
  • Buy for $0.994.Me & Mrs. Jones
  • Buy for $0.995.Don't Make Me No Promises
  • Buy for $0.996.Love Is Missing From Our Lives - (with The Dells)
  • Buy for $0.997.Door To Your Heart
  • 8.I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes
  • Buy for $0.999.Finger Fever
  • Buy for $0.9910.I Can't Get Over You
  • Buy for $0.9911.Do What You Want, Be What You Are
  • Buy for $0.9912.Jane
  • 13.Welcome Back Home
  • Buy for $0.9914.That's My Favorite Song
  • Buy for $0.9915.You're The Best Thing In My Life
  • Buy for $0.9916.Stop Your Weeping

Product Description:

Producers: Tony Hester, Jimmy Roach, Don Davis.
Engineers include: Jim Vitti, Dean Mounts, Don Davis.
Digitally remastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Includes original liner notes by Jack Sbarbori.
Compilation producer: Roger Clayton.
Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
Photographer: Bobby Holland .
In the 1960s, Stax Records was best known for raw southern soul that rejected the type of sleekness and pop sensibilities favored by the northern soulsters at Motown. But by the early '70s, Memphis soul was losing its popularity, and Stax's A&R department started to emphasize northern and so-called "uptown" soul in order to stay competitive. One of Stax/Volt's biggest sellers was the Dramatics, a Detroit group that, like the Temptations at Motown and the O'Jays in the Gamble & Huff camp, effectively combined gritty soul belting with a sleek production style. Thanks to major hits ranging from the delightfully funky "Whacha See Is Whacha Get" to slow jams and ballads like "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain," "Toast to the Fool" and the melancholy "In the Rain," the Dramatics were on quite a roll in the early-to-mid-'70s. All of those gems are included on the hour-long CD, The Best of the Dramatics, which offers a fine overview of the quintet's Stax/Volt years. Many Dramatics albums are worth owning, but if a listener were allowed to own only one Dramatics CD, this would be it. ~ Alex Henderson

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  • UPC: 008811183929
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