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Golden Classics (Re-Recorded Versions)

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A hit compilation marred by the omissions of "Lonely Girl," "Toby," and others, in favor of "I Found Sunshine" (yawn) and "Homely Girl," a song better suited for the Statler Brothers. Contains an abbreviated "We Are Neighbors," which is good since the album version was too long. It's amazing how "I Want to Pay You Back" finds its way onto nearly every Chi-lite compilation album, they even do it on a live LP and in their concerts. But why? It's OK, but definitely not all that great; better Chi-Lites cuts are languishing on albums. The classics "Oh Girl," "(For God's Sakes) Give More Power to the People," "Stoned out of My Mind," "Letter to Myself," and two versions of "Have You Seen Her" are as compelling as ever.

Biography

Formed: 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

One of the most popular smooth soul groups of the early '70s didn't hail from Philadelphia or Memphis, the two cities known for sweet, string-laden soul. Instead, the Chi-Lites were from Chicago, a town better known for its gritty urban blues and driving R&B. Led by vocalist Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites had a lush, creamy sound distinguished by their four-part harmonies and layered productions. During the early '70s, they racked up 11 Top Ten R&B singles, ranging from the romantic ballads...
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