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Album Review

As a vocalist whose career began to rise in the mid-'80s, Colonel Abrams, like many other full-bodied vocalists, began to be compared to the booming-voice archetype Teddy Pendergrass. Although the comparisons were justified, Abrams had his own persona. A lightning rod for romantic tumult, The Best of Colonel Abrams has him battling cheating women, interfering parents, and nosy townsfolk, all to great effect. This effort compiles the 11 tracks Abrams recorded for MCA during the post-disco/early-house era. On the best dance tracks, The Best of Colonel Abrams proves that he and co-writer/producer Marston Freeman were rhythm innovators of the highest order. The polyrhythmic "I'm Not Gonna Let You" has the classic '70s Philly beats replicated through a battery of synthesizers. On that track, Abrams sings in his patented halting, percussive style and he's shouting the top of his lungs throughout. "Trapped" has Abrams even more perplexed as he sings, "But I don't want your folks to/Turn me over to the hands of the law." Both tracks and "Speculation" have held extremely well and set the standard for the stylistically similar work that came shortly afterward. Although he is chiefly known for dance tracks, The Best of Colonel Abrams also proves that he is skillful with ballads as well. On the poignant "Table for Two" he only sings for a minute-plus and doesn't hit one false note. The Best of Colonel Abrams put a lot of his essential songs back into print and is a must for his fans.

Customer Reviews

The Best?

I don't think sooooo! Where is music is the answer? Trapped isn't the original that I used to listen to back in 80's when cassettes ruled the day and cd's where for people who have lots of money. The king of house music? People need to do a little more research before making that proclamation. C'MON!

If it's The Best, where's the rest?

No "Music Is The Answer"? No "Take Me To The River"? Wrong mix of "Trapped" (or at least, a remix without any appearance of the original)? This is full of good tracks, but it's definitely NOT a Best Of album. 3 stars, as it misses some best known tracks.


Colonel Abrams is a very good singer , he is The King of House Music.


Born: Detroit, MI

Genre: Dance

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

Detroit-born vocalist Colonel Abrams (his actual name) enjoyed moderate success in the late '80s, singing in a harsh, terse soul style while fitting his voice into a garage and house setting. Abrams was in the group Conservative Manor with his brother Morris in the late '60s, then sang lead vocals for 94 East in 1976. Their roster included Prince on guitar. Abrams later joined Surprise Package, a New Jersey group. He scored a mild hit in 1984 with the ballad "Leave the Message Behind the Door" for...
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