Acappella singing has rarely sounded better than when performed by The Persuasions. This collection of songs from the early '70s shows why this group is universally considered masters of Acappella singing.
Rolling Stone - 11/25/71, p.58
"...The Persuasions, who are among the best ever at what they do, apply the classic style to a wealth of material, most of which has come out since acapella went out..."
Personnel: Jerry Lawson (vocals); Jesse Russell, Jayotis Washington (tenor); Herbert Rhoad (baritone).
Author: Richard Wayne Penniman.
Director: Jimmy Hayes.
Photographers: David Daoud Coleman; David Coleman.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Malamud; Jesse Russell; Jayotis Washington.
The Persuasions' second album (the first was a little-noticed effort on Frank Zappa's Bizarre label) finds the keepers of the doo-wop flame refurbishing then-contemporary hits like the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman" and the Beatles "Let it Be" in their own gospel-derived style, along with similar takes on older R&B songs like Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang."
It's all gorgeously sung, as usual. But sleaze devotees will perhaps be disappointed to learn that the "Walk on the Wild Side" performed here is not Lou Reed's famous ode to the icons of the Manhattan demimonde. Instead, it's a gospel song strongly suggesting that those icons had better stop sinning, and pronto.