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Though fans of the Jackson 5 or the Staple Singers would love arguing the claim of the title, the Five Stairsteps recorded some solid Windy City soul during the late '60s and early '70s, just a small step below the level of the Chi-Lites or the Impressions (whose Curtis Mayfield signed the group to his Windy C label and produced much of their material). Since their only well-known hit, "O-o-h Child," was also one of their last, it's appropriately relegated to the end of this collection, though neophytes may find it a difficult chore waiting 16 tracks to get to it. Easing the way are a pair of early Mayfield gems — "You Waited Too Long" and "Danger! She's a Stranger" — both superb examples of yearning, baroque soul. "Playgirl's Love" would've been a perfect fit on an Impressions LP, while a cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby" proved a splendid choice of material. Though hit-seekers may prefer the Greatest Hits or Encore Collection sets, fans of the breezy Chicago sound or smooth supper-club soul will find much on this Buddha compilation to love.

Customer Reviews

kept on buying....

i tuned in to this group to see about one song. kept sampling tunes and buying. didn't take long to cave in and buy the whole thing. some really good sounds. rare that i buy a whole album, but.....this is worth it. i hope the whole group or family is doing well. oooh child - what a song about hope and brighter times ahead - we all need that ! !

the first family of soul

the best of oldies

R&B Classic

This song brings back very good memories of the past. It's a classic! I brought the whole album.


Formed: 1965 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

The Five Stairsteps were "The First Family of Soul" -- a title bestowed upon the Chicago-based teenaged group in part because of their astounding five-year run of hits, which included the million-selling "O-o-h Child" and eight other singles that, from 1996 through 1970, reached the Top 20 of Billboard's R&B chart. The Jackson 5 took the title, but the Stairsteps continued to record through 1976, and the group's members continued to be successful as artists, songwriters, and producers long after...
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