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A two-fer (two albums on one CD) from the Impressions' two-year stint (1979-1981) on Chi-Sound Records, with many productions by Eugene Record (the Chi-Lites). The group was again a trio, comprised of Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, and Reggie Torian. Fourth member Nate Evans, who replaced Ralph Johnson, quit in 1977; the immediate post-Curtis Mayfield Impressions were also a trio comprised of Leroy Hutson, Cash, and Gooden. This was a good but underappreciated period for the Impressions; they cut some stunners that few heard. Standouts include the eloquently understated ballad "Maybe I'm Mistaken," the rousing "Fan the Fire" (also done by Eugene Record, but this version has more body), the single "All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You," and a spiffy remake of "For Your Precious Love." [The version released by Westlife was the same as the edition released a few months before by Charly, except for different packaging and cover art.]


Formed: 1958 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '10s

The quintessential Chicago soul group, the Impressions' place in R&B history would be secure if they'd done nothing but launch the careers of soul legends Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. But far more than that, the Impressions recorded some of the most distinctive vocal-group R&B of the '60s under Mayfield's guidance. Their style was marked by airy, feather-light harmonies and Mayfield's influentially sparse guitar work, plus, at times, understated Latin rhythms. If their sound was sweet and lilting,...
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