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Clear View

The Controllers

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The Controllers hit with "Somebody's Gotta Win, Somebody's Gotta Lose," back in the day, but opening with "When I'm Away" on Clear View they sound like Boyz II Men; they update their '70s classic with a '90s-style, meaning they tack on a long intro and emote their lamenting lyrics for nearly six minutes. Their seasoned voices have a youthful, contemporary quality, especially on "Alone," and on the hip-hop flavored "Clear View" and "Step Aside." They also alternate between lightweight hip-hop, and pleaders like "Goodbye," "Into Your Heart," and "No Need to Hurry."

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Fairfield, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Alabama soul belters the Controllers began as the Epics in 1965. They became the Soul Controllers in 1970, and finally the Controllers. Reginald and Larry McArthur, Lenard Brown, and Ricky Lewis formed the lineup, and were especially effective on heartache ballads, though they also did competent up-tempo dance numbers. They relocated to Miami in the late '70s and began recording for Juana. Frederick Knight produced some of their material, including the 1977 debut LP Somebody's Gotta Win, Somebody's...
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Clear View, The Controllers
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul
  • Released: 26 August 1997

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