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Foundation

Ten City

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Album Review

Retro and proud of it, Ten City was among the most impressive "deep house" acts to come out of Chicago in the late 1980s. Like others playing deep house, these guys enthusiastically recall the great soul/disco of the mid- to late 1970s and make no secret of their love of that era. Ten City clearly realizes that the best disco emphasized vocal personality as well as danceability, and like the music of the Trammps, Tavares and Double Exposure before them, Foundation is appropriate for listening as well as dancing. "That's That Way Love Is" (City's best known single), "Suspicious," "Devotion" and other songs on this absorbing debut album aren't simply about the beat and the track, but also the rich vocals that would have sounded great even if Ten City had gone a cappella. Foundation was a smash in the clubs, but unfortunately didn't do that much in the R&B or pop markets. This is a group that deserves to be much better known.

Customer Reviews

Ten City

Great band, great album. Soulful, disco, house music. 20 years old but still sounds fresh. I amazed these boys didn't hit the big time.

Really good - hilarious album cover!

Great, strong album - what a voice that main guy has! Love it.

Fab

Still cutting edge dance music...Baron is a cool dude.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Chicago vocal group Ten City was one of the few house units to enjoy mainstream exposure during the late '80s and early '90s. Originally called Ragtyme, the trio was formed by vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson, and keyboard player Byron Burke, all under the aegis of producer extraordinaire Marshall Jefferson. After signing with Atlantic in the late '80s, Ten City's debut LP, Foundation, included the singles "Right Back to You" and "That's the Way Love Is," both of which received...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Rock, R&B/Soul, Disco, House
  • Released: 1989

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