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Album Review

This two-disc set is a goldmine, assembling in their entirety the three hard-to-find LPs the Whispers recorded for the Janus label during the early 1970s, along with a handful of period B-sides and unreleased cuts. It's fascinating to follow the group's evolution from the harmony ballads and slow jams that comprise Love Story to the shimmering, up-tempo Philly soul of Bingo — truth be told, the first disc weighs a little too heavily on the slow stuff, but beginning with their second Janus effort, Life and Breath, the Whispers really began to hit their stride, infusing their lush, confectionary soul with an increasingly pronounced dancefloor edge.

Biography

Formed: 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Whispers are a veteran R&B quintet with an impressive 23-year legacy of R&B hits. Formed in Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973), the Whispers turned up on the Dore label in 1964 with "I Was Born When You Kissed Me." In 1969, the quintet climbed the soul charts for the first time with "The Time Has Come" on Soul Clock, and they cracked the R&B Top Ten the next year with "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong." They've...
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