The Escorts 3 Down, 4 To Go - Golden Classics, Part Two

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item number:  COL 5459
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  • Released: September 19, 1991
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Recorded by producer George Kerr (The Whatnauts, The Moments, Linda Jones), The Escorts were a group of comprised of inmates at New Jersey's Rahway State Prison. This compact disc contains renditions of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "We've Come Too Far to End It Now," the Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You" and the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You."


  • 1.Disrespect Can Wreck
  • 2.Let's Make Love (At Home Sometime)
  • 3.Corruption (Man's Self Destruction)
  • 4.We've Gone Too Far To End It Now
  • 5.Brother
  • 6.I Only Have Eyes For You
  • 7.Shoo Nough
  • 8.La La (Means I Love You)
  • 9.Within Without
  • 10.I Can't Stand (To See You Cry)

Product Description:

The Escorts: Laurance Franklin, Reginald Hayes, Robert Arrington, William Dugger, Stephen Carter, Frank Heard, Marion Murphy.
Includes liner notes by George Kerr.
Liner Note Author: George Kerr.
Unknown Contributor Role: The Escorts.
The Escorts were inmates at Rah Way State Prison in New Jersey when George Kerr produced this album (originally released in 1973). The title refers to how prisoners count time -- three down (years served), four to go. A sugary falsetto, similar to Billy Garnett of the Whatnauts (but not as striking), handles the leads along with a rough tenor. "Let's Make Love (At Home Sometime)" is a slow pleader with smooth choral harmony. Remakes of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "We've Come Too Far to End It Now," the Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You," and the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You" will not make you discard the originals. Two tracks, "Brother" and "Corruption (Man's Self Destruction)," deal with social problems, Temptations style. Kerr cut the vocals at Rah Way State Prison, so the quality isn't all that great, but harmony lovers will overlook the flaws. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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Good Music, Poor Sound Quality Music Lover: from Gulfport, FL -- November, 24, 2017

The songs, the performance and the arrangements are surprisingly good. If these guys were on the streets, the world would have heard more from and about them. Unfortunately, in their situation, the quality of the recordings suffered - to the extent that it sounds like there are a few wet blankets sitting over your speakers. However, any R&B collector and historian will want these recordings in their collection.

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  • Sales Rank: 5,408
  • UPC: 090431545928
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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