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Because they never had a star to compete with Prince or Rick James or Michael Jackson, The S.O.S. Band ended up being less famous than the songs they produced. Hopefully in time the group will be as beloved and appreciated as their immortal singles, all of which are included on Best of The S.O.S. Band. They rose out of the Atlanta club circuit and quickly rode the popularity of “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” to fame and fortune, but their true creative breakthrough didn’t come until they met Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1983. Jam and Lewis used S.O.S. to test and perfect the production methods that would shape the next 20 years of R&B. At a time when the teenage market was exploding, S.O.S. (under the guidance of Jam and Lewis) made songs that were resolutely grown-up: not just thematically but in terms of tone. Listen to “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “The Finest,” and “Just Be Good to Me”: these songs value luxury over trendiness, patience over peppiness, and the challenge of being old over the excitement of being young. Rarely has pop music carried itself with such seriousness and self-respect.

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Been waiting quite a while

This is a good compilation. Glad it was finally released to iTunes


I've been looking for "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" for a very long time. Thank you so very much for finally getting it. Also, this band is just great in general.

It's about time!

This compilation will do since the original albums seem to be hard to find for iTunes.
Thank u!


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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