12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Propelled by their million-selling hit single, a boisterous cover of Hugh Masekala's "Grazing In The Grass," The Friends of Distinction were a two guys/two girls vocal group from Los Angeles. On their 1969 debut album, they're supported by a small army of talented session musicians, combining lush instrumentation, feel-good harmonies, and alternating lead singers to create pop-minded R&B that sounds right at home alongside classic Motown records of the era. Jazz-funk overtones and gospel influences are also apparent, while the top-shelf production evokes comparisons to a young David Axelrod. The group was founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, (who were part of Ray Charles' band the Hi-Fi's), and also features Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Love. Highlights include "I Really Hope You Do," the Beatles revamp "And I Love Him," a seriously swinging take on Cole Porter's "Lonesome Mood," and their second gold single "Going In Circles." The Friends would go on to release five more albums over the years, before disbanding after 1973's Love Can Make It Easier.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Propelled by their million-selling hit single, a boisterous cover of Hugh Masekala's "Grazing In The Grass," The Friends of Distinction were a two guys/two girls vocal group from Los Angeles. On their 1969 debut album, they're supported by a small army of talented session musicians, combining lush instrumentation, feel-good harmonies, and alternating lead singers to create pop-minded R&B that sounds right at home alongside classic Motown records of the era. Jazz-funk overtones and gospel influences are also apparent, while the top-shelf production evokes comparisons to a young David Axelrod. The group was founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, (who were part of Ray Charles' band the Hi-Fi's), and also features Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Love. Highlights include "I Really Hope You Do," the Beatles revamp "And I Love Him," a seriously swinging take on Cole Porter's "Lonesome Mood," and their second gold single "Going In Circles." The Friends would go on to release five more albums over the years, before disbanding after 1973's Love Can Make It Easier.

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