16 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

What really distinguished The Dramatics from leagues of likeminded vocal groups that thrived in the '70s was their grittiness. The group had roots in Detroit, but the earthy, concrete funk of “Get Up and Get Down” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” wouldn't have happened if The Dramatics hadn’t hooked up Memphis-based Stax Records, which gave them top-notch musicians and a no-nonsense ethos. “In the Rain” is still The Dramatics' best song—there’s nothing else quite like it in music—but interested fans shouldn't overlook the group’s lesser-known tracks, most of which are would-be hits. “Beware of the Man (With the Candy in His Hand)” and “The Devil Is Dope” reflect the social and political issues of the mid-'70s, but The Dramatics were never better than they were on love songs. Led by masculine vocalist Ron Banks, “Highway to Heaven,” “Toast to the Fool,” and “I Panicked” will put you in a place where all is clouds and warm breeze.

EDITORS’ NOTES

What really distinguished The Dramatics from leagues of likeminded vocal groups that thrived in the '70s was their grittiness. The group had roots in Detroit, but the earthy, concrete funk of “Get Up and Get Down” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” wouldn't have happened if The Dramatics hadn’t hooked up Memphis-based Stax Records, which gave them top-notch musicians and a no-nonsense ethos. “In the Rain” is still The Dramatics' best song—there’s nothing else quite like it in music—but interested fans shouldn't overlook the group’s lesser-known tracks, most of which are would-be hits. “Beware of the Man (With the Candy in His Hand)” and “The Devil Is Dope” reflect the social and political issues of the mid-'70s, but The Dramatics were never better than they were on love songs. Led by masculine vocalist Ron Banks, “Highway to Heaven,” “Toast to the Fool,” and “I Panicked” will put you in a place where all is clouds and warm breeze.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
58 Ratings
58 Ratings
SOURMILKMOON ,

NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

I somehow missed The Dramatics the first time around.. Sure, I knew the big hits, but didn't pay much attention beyond that. Luckily I stumbled back to them and I sure am glad. One of the few ground of the day who made strong albums so you can't really go wrong with any of the groups releases but this is a great place to start. For the timid, download Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and In The Rain. The rest of you just dive in. Great songs, strong vocals and clean production. Ewww, this is nice...

DotMo ,

Takes You Back

This is great music for those like me who graduated from high school in 1976 or earlier. I think the term is old school. The music brings back fond memories.

-Emu ,

Truly "The Best of the Dramatics"

The Dramatics are great. I can listen to this album over and over again.

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