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Album Review

The brief, but successful tenure of the original Peaches (Francine Barker) & Herb are recalled in the 16 tracks culled from the duo's 1966-1968 Date Records recordings, including their Top Ten pop hit "Close Your Eyes" and their Top Ten R&B hits "For Your Love" and "When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)." Given the group's love ballad reputation, there are some surprisingly uptempo numbers here, but the focus is always on the vocal interaction between the two singers and their proclamations of romantic commitment, sometimes in the words of such Tin Pan Alley prototypes as Ted Koehler, Cole Porter, and Sammy Cahn. Record-company restrictions mean this set covers only the early hits, and business considerations keep it under 45 minutes (all the releases in Legacy's Rhythm & Soul Series contain 16 tracks, which must indicate a ceiling on song publishing expenses), but within those parameters, this is a well-chosen collection.

Customer Reviews

I feel the love...

Definitely, all the songs are about love, but everyone of them sounds different. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what i call true talent.

P&H at their peak

Though best known for their hits of the late 70s, I really prefer the songs from this, the original version of Peaches & Herb. Most of the greats are on this compilation -- "Close Your Eyes," "Let's Fall In Love," "For Your Love." These duets are such a perfect mix of sweet, mid-to-late '60s soul and MOR pop. Though that may not sound immediately appealing to a lot of folks (P&H's MOR touches are what, I think, prevent them from being taken too seriously by devotees of 60s soul), this duo is one of D.C.'s finest musical exports, even if their popular legacy primarily rests on songs like "Reunited" and "Shake Your Groove Thing." While those songs have unfortunately wound up in a hellish afterlife of Old Navy commercials and romantic-comedy soundtracks, the early tracks remain unblemished. The best stuff was in the beginning and this compilation pretty thoroughly covers that time.

Bobby Bee

Just a tribute to both my "Peaches" = the original one, Wanda Bennett & the one that realized the Bee & Honey Concert (Tribute to Peaches & Herb), Lady Deborah Abney!! Two Little Kids!!!


Formed: 1965 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though soul/pop Peaches and Herb was billed as a duo, their group member rotation is more similar to a group's. The original Peaches, Francine Hurd Barker, a Washington, D.C., native, earned the childhood nickname "Peaches" because of her genteel manner. She sang in neighborhood groups and in her teens she became the lead singer for a group named the Keynotes. Starting her own group, the Darlettes, they auditioned for and were signed to D.C.-area label Date Records, where their name was changed to...
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