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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Switch

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Album Review

A perfect place to begin and quite likely conclude for those interested in Motown's late-'70s funk band Switch. As you no doubt assume, 20th Century Masters collects all of the biggest hits from the group's three-year, four-album stint on the Gordy imprint. You get the laid-back sexy ballads "I Call Your Name," "I Wanna Be Closer," "Love Over and Over Again," and also the steamy funk grooves "There'll Never Be," "Best Beat in Town," "You Pulled a Switch." When you take a retrospective look at Switch's better moments like this it becomes evident that the group was at their best when they were able to integrate their grooves with their ballads, as they did on "There'll Never Be." That's pretty much what's here: a total of 11 songs with a funky bottom end to groove to and a sentimental top end to dim the lights to. And even if Switch did have some stellar album tracks, you probably don't need those. For most, 20th Century Masters should suffice as a fine one-stop collection.

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Old School Classics on this Album

Some wonderful old school cuts on this one. If you like Switch make sure you check out some Debarge. Also Bobby Debarge of Switch put a final album before his passing called, "It's Not Over". Definately worht a listen as well.

Too Smoth to Be Rock

I had to download this album, however I was suprised to find it in the rock section. This is late Motown at its best. This era and style of music is simply classic. This is when a love song was a love song and muscians were key factors in the studio.

Classic R&B

This album is truly one of the R&B classics. It came from a time when you could listen to more than two songs on an album and like more than 90% of them. I still remember where I was, what I was doing and how old I was the first time I heard "There'll Never Be", and "I Call Your Name". They don't make them like this any more. I just finished reading the tragic (all to common) story of Switch in Vibe magazine. That story makes this album even more of a classic because we as listeners take the struggle of our favorite musicians for granted. Don't let anyone fool you, even though the air waves are saturated with booty shaking sexually saturated lyrics that my 10 year old daughter can here on the radio on the way to school, when the fad is over, it's R&B that takes you back to that time in your life where you cherish the most of your memories. And when you're trying to set that mood for that special someone in your life, and no disrespect intended, it ain't Lil John that's gonna get you there. Yeeeaaaahhhhh! Holla atcha boy!! What I find most confusing is why does iTunes rate this as a Rock Album????

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Mansfield, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Ohio-based funk band Switch began in 1975 as First Class. Jermaine Jackson discovered the group that included lead vocalist Phillip Ingram (brother of James Ingram) and Greg Williams, Bobby DeBarge, Tommy DeBarge, Eddie Fluellan, and Jody Sims. In 1978, they had a Top Ten R&B hit with "There'll Never Be." They also had two others during their time on Gordy, "I Call Your Name" in 1979 and "Love Over and Over Again" in 1980. Ingram went on his own in 1980, and the DeBarges left to assist their...
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