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Album Review

"I Am So Glad I Took My Time," released on Fee Records, was their debut single, but the Detroit quartet struck gold with their second release (the Floaters were actually a quintet; Ralph Mitchell missed the "Float On" session and the album's photo shoot for some unexplained reason, though he was present for the other tracks). "Float On" was 11 minutes and 46 seconds of pure magic; the tune echoed the group's name, for it just floated on a bed of rhythm and harmony as the guys introduced themselves and gave their astrological signs. The other Floaters are Paul Mitchell, Jonathan Murray, Charles Clark, and Ralph Cunningham. Disk jockeys loved "Float On" — they could pair it with Isaac Hayes' "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," make a munchie run, and be back before Ike sings "she'll be rising." "Float On" aced Billboard's R&B chart and Great Britain's pop chart. Nothing else as magical appears on this LP. They followed with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," which surprisingly charted despite Charles Clark's whiny, uninteresting falsetto lead.

Customer Reviews

Pure Gold

Float On is the most awesome song , it needs to be sold individually though.

Float On LP

i do not feel i should have to buy the whole album just for one song! charge me 2.00 for the song . the rest of the album is terrible. float on is a awesome song but not for 9.99 .

Charity

Yes I agree, paying for a whole album just for one great song reminds me of the days before the internet. We're spoiled. It forces bands to write better songs. So, in the end I looked at paying full price for just "Float On" and delete the rest as a way of giving the Floaters their much needed government assistance.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

A short-lived spinoff group formed by onetime Detroit Emeralds members James Mitchell and Marvin Willis, Floaters scored a number one R&B and number two pop hit with their debut, "Float On," for ABC. It was neither a lyrical nor vocal triumph, but was still among the biggest-selling R&B singles of 1977. Featuring lead singer Charles Clark, along with Larry Cunningham, Paul and Ralph Mitchell, and Jonathan Murray, the group wasn't able to sustain whatever magic it generated with "Float On." The next...
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