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Though 1986’s Sands of Time marked the end of the road for The S.O.S. Band, the group quit at their absolute peak. Working in collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, they'd perfected an idealized blend of sophisticated long-form R&B. The songs on Sands of Time have it all: incredibly dark and patient grooves, stratums of texture, and of course, ingratiating hooks, most of which are delivered by Mary Davis, the group’s magnetic frontwoman. Beyond the masterful production and arrangements of “Even When You Sleep,” “Borrowed Love,” and “Nothing but the Best,” these songs are remarkable for their refusal to compromise to the sunny conventions of '80s pop. The music is catchy and danceable, true; it's also moody and aggressive and even a little elusive. (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis devised a much more pop-friendly iteration of this formula for Janet Jackson.) Anyone who doubts this is some of the richest and most advanced pop music of the '80s has only to listen to “The Finest,” a contender for the most magnificent of the group’s many singles.

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The Finest and The S.O.S.'s swan song with Mary Davis

The final album to feature Mary Davis on vocals and the last album produced by Jam & Lewis released in 1986 my Japanese cd says 1984 anyway this album features no more then 5 hits Even When you sleep, Sands Of Time, Borrowed Love, The Finest and No Lies. I believe Alexander O' Neal and Cherelle make appearances on this album (album stable mates of The S.O.S.) this album is The FInest. Side note Singer Penny Ford briefly became The S.O.S. Band vocalist in lare 1986/early 1987 for 6 months recorded the song It's Time To Move for the Police Academy 4 soundtrack (never been re-released)

A classic!

finally on Itunes! One of my favorite cds of all time. It has been long out of print on cd.

A must have for 80's R & B enthusiast

This is Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis music at its best. It was one of my favorite LP's of 1986 and its about time iTunes had it available.


Formed: 1977 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

The S.O.S. Band hit with a two-million-selling single, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," their first time out, before having several hit singles written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Atlanta, GA-borne band was started in 1977, when keyboardist/vocalist Jason Bryant, saxophonists Billy Ellis and Willie "Sonny" Killebrew, guitarist Bruno Speight, bassist John Alexander Simpson, drummer James Earl Jones III, and lead vocalist Mary Davis formed a group called Santa Monica that played at...
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