The Ebonys Forever

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  • Released: March 22, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Shout

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1973 album by the Soul/R&B cult favorites. The Ebonys crossed the Delaware River from their New Jersey home to the studios of Philadelphia International Records in 1971, and with their roaring baritone lead and contrasting falsetto harmonies cut the searing ballad 'You're The Reason Why', flipped with the brisk exuberance of 'Sexy Ways'. This R&B top 10 smash was followed by the vibrant poignancy of 'It's Forever', another crossover hit, and among the most memorable of ballads ever cut at PIR's Sigma Sound Studio. The group's eponymous album was released in 1973, featuring five R&B hit singles, and has become in-demand with modern-Soul collectors in recent years. This long-awaited CD re-issue also features tracks issued on singles but not included in the original vinyl LP, together with the hit single edit of the title track. 13 tracks.


  • 1.Hook Up and Get Down
  • 2.It's Forever
  • 3.Life In The Country
  • 4.Sexy Ways
  • 5.I'm So Glad I'm Me
  • 6.I'll Try
  • 7.Nation Time
  • 8.I Believe
  • 9.You're The Reason Why
  • 10.Do You Like The Way I Love
  • 11.Determination
  • 12.Do It
  • 13.It's Forever (45)

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Though it has a different title, this CD is essentially an expanded reissue of the Ebonys' 1973 self-titled debut album. It includes all nine of the tracks from that LP, adding four early-'70s cuts from 45s, including the single version of their biggest hit, "It's Forever." It also comes close to being a best-of, since it has all five of their R&B chart hits. The Ebonys were among the less distinctive acts in the Philadelphia International stable, and these recordings are more notable for the production (and frequent songwriting) of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff than they are for the talents of the group itself. Still, it's a representative slice of well-produced early-'70s Philadelphia soul. It mixes, as the genre itself did, luscious ballads ("It's Forever," "You're the Reason Why"), sexy dance-soul ("Hook Up and Get Down," "Sexy Ways"), and more bittersweet material with a hint of social consciousness ("Life in the Country"). The disc includes historical liner notes. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • UPC: 5013929506329
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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