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Album Review

Sequel/Castle released an extensive Flaming Ember set containing virtually all of the blue-eyed soul band's recorded work; but that's for the serious listener. The Best of Flaming Ember is for those who don't need to dig as deep, as well as those who want a compilation with the exhilarating single cut of "Westbound Number 9," the group's best song. Pared down to just singles and assorted album tracks, the group's psychedelic album rock flourishes are left behind, but that merely reveals what a fine group this is — varied, soulful, melodic, and grittier than you'd expect.


Formed: 1967 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

A blue-eyed Detroit soul group that enjoyed a short time in the spotlight during 1970-1971, they were initially known as the Flaming Embers. The band included guitarist Joe Sladich, pianist Bill Ellis, bassist Jim Bugnel, and drummer Jerry Plunk. They first recorded for Ric-Tic in 1968, then moved to Hot Wax and dropped the "s." The songs "Mind, Body and Soul," "Westbound #9," and "I'm Not My Brother's Keeper" each made the pop Top 40 and R&B Top 20. But "Stop the World and Let Me Off" flopped, despite...
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