Five Special Special Edition
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- Released: August 25, 2009
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Jam (Let's Take It to the Streets)
- 2.Heaven (You Are to Me)
- 3.Who You Been Lovin'
- 4.Choosin' You for Me
- 5.Do Something Special (For Your Lady)
- 6.Why Not Be Mine for a While
- 7.Had Your Lover (But You Let Her Go)
Personnel: Dennis Harris , T.J. Tindall, Darnell Kimborough (guitar); Eli Fontaine (saxophone); Carlton "Cotton" Kent, Mark Johnson , Raymond Johnson (keyboards); Bernie Worrell (synthesizer); Jerry Jones (drums); Carl "Butch" Small (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Rick Gianatos.
Ron Banks (of the Dramatics) produced Five Special, a five-man group featuring his younger brother Bryan. The two groups are vastly different; Five Special is more laid-back and jazzy than the Dramatics. Bryan sings in a light, wafer-thin falsetto that's pretty to hear but lacks bite and fire. Special Edition is like a Chinese meal; you enjoy it while it's playing, but it fails to satisfy, and you're starving for sounds again in an hour. That said, "Jam," "Heaven You Are to Me," "Do Something Special for Your Lady," and "Why Not Be Mine for a While" are all arresting concoctions, good late-night music that would have been more compelling with Ron Banks on lead. The group's deep bass singer and expressive tenor are excellent and should have been featured more. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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