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Led by singer Clem Curtis' hard-shouting vocals and blessed with solid songs from producer Tony Macaulay, the Foundations were easily Britain's finest soul band during the late '60s. With songs like "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup" (both included here), this multiracial group managed to sound pure Motown, and anyone hearing one of their songs on the radio for the first time could be forgiven for thinking it was the Four Tops or a David Ruffin-led Temptations. This collection has the essential hits and a couple of well-chosen covers, and closes with three live tracks (including a breezy take on the Bacharach/David gem "The Look of Love") that reveal the Foundations to be a solid show band, horns and all.


Formed: 1967 in England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Foundations were a surprisingly obscure late-'60s outfit, considering that they managed to reach the tops of the both the British and American charts more than once in the space of a year and had a solid three years of recordings. At the time of their debut in mid-1967, they were hailed as being among the most authentic makers of soul music ever to emerge from England -- the best practitioners of the Motown sound to be found on the far side of the Atlantic -- and were also accepted in jazz circles...
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