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Album Review

This is the first of three albums the group recorded. While most of the songs are attractively arranged and written with buoyant melodies, they seem to deviate from that joyous feeling initially conveyed. On some of the tracks, Bryan Banks' lead vocals are inconsistent, with the exceptions being "Why Leave Us Alone" and "You're Something Special." The former did crack the R&B Top Ten, with its disco rhythm track. The latter is the most adoring number on the album. The arrangement complements the lyric, which comes across as tender and sincere as ever.

Customer Reviews

Blast from The past!!!!!

Not many songs but that's ok. 4 out of 7 of the songs are great. That's more good songs than you find on CD's with 15 songs or more. Buy it and enjoy!

Finally, Another Song/Album Added To The I-Tunes List

Now I-Tune can you find music by Andre Cymore (Electric Dancer), Herb Albert (Keep Your Eyes on Me Album), Beat Street and Breaking Soundtrack, Phyllis Hyman (Magic Mona), Smokey Robinson (Warm Thoughts Album), and Leon Thomas song, "China Doll". I remember when my sisters and brothers playing the song, "Why Leave Us Alone", as they get dress to go the club. Soon when this song start playing, everyone got on the floor and dance along with Michael Jackson's, "Off the Wall" album.

just to help out

The Andre Cymone song was written by none other than His Royal Badness and is called "Dance Electric", but hey, it was a looong time ago.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s

This Detroit vocal group included lead singer Bryan Banks, the brother of the Dramatics' Ron Banks. They got off to a fast start in 1979, as their Elektra single "Why Leave Us Alone" made it to number nine on the R&B charts. It was their lone big hit; two other singles scrapped the R&B Top 30, and they soon...
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