CD The Dynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure * (CD 7003512),
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The Dynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure *

  • 1. Shoe Shoe Shine
    2. Soon
    3. Leave It Alone
    4. Don't Send Nobody Else
    5. Romeo
    6. Star of My Life
    7. Cry When You Want To
    8. I Got Away
    9. One-Nighter
    10. Release Me
    11. Deception
    12. Pleasure
    13. Nobody's Gonna Change Me
    14. Feeling Mellow
    15. Face the Music
    16. Hit and Run Lovers
    17. Better Way, A
    18. Don't Give Up on Me Baby
    19. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMCR2 5003

  • Credits
    ProducerNickolas Ashford; Valerie Simpson
    EngineerElliot Schneier

    Audio Mixer: Art Stewart.
    Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
    Recording information: A&R Recording Inc., New York, NY.
    Illustrator: Dick Ellescas.
    Photographer: William Pierce, Jr.
    Although the Dynamic Superiors recorded five albums for Motown in the mid- to late '70s, virtually everyone would agree that the most interesting of these were the first two. Both were produced by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who also wrote almost all of the material. This reissue puts both albums onto one CD, adding historical liner notes, and almost serves as a best-of, their later output notwithstanding. From 1975, Dynamic Superiors has the R&B hits "Shoe Shoe Shine" and "Leave It Alone," the production usually highlighting Tony Washington's stratospherically high vocals. The self-titled debut is period mid-'70s smooth soul, accomplished but not a high point either for the genre or for Ashford and Simpson's productions. Pure Pleasure, which followed just six months later, went much more for danceable disco sounds, with "Face the Music" reaching number six on the disco chart. Often harmony-oriented soul vocal groups declined when they bowed to disco trends, but Pure Pleasure is more or less an exception to that syndrome, as Washington, the rest of the group, and Ashford & Simpson sound pretty at ease with the style. In addition, the act's strength as soul balladeers wasn't neglected, with a few cuts (such as "Feeling Mellow" and "A Better Way") emphasizing their more song-oriented sensitive side, and "Pleasure" proving they could handle an upbeat funky groove without ladling on the disco beats. ~ Richie Unterberger

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