A pair of Chi-Sound label releases from The Impressions – back to back on a single CD! Come To My Party is a sweet late 70s gem from The Impressions – an album of smooth grooves and soulful steppers
– and one that really shows the group flourishing in a new style at the time! Some of the group's Chicago
contemporaries tried to move forward at the time, but few did things this well – still keeping the core sense of harmony and soul intact, while also finding new rhythms and some new warmer styles of instrumentation as well. Of course, it also helps that they're getting help from longtime Chicago
soul producer Carl Davis – who's very respectful of the trio on the record, and clearly has a good repoire with Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, and Reggie Torian. And while the groovers are nice, the mellow ones are even better – great slow-stepping cuts that include "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You", "Maybe I'm Mistaken", and "I Could Never Make You Stay" – nestled alongside tracks that include "Sorry", "This Can't Be Real", and "Come To My Party". Fan The Fire has a great mix of grooving rhythms and super-tight harmonies – really well-crafted vocals that prove that the group are still light years ahead of most of their younger contemporaries! The Impressions are a quartet this time around – with the trio of Sam Gooden, Fred Cash, and Reggie Torian re-joined by Nate Evans – whose leads really help things soar here, in a great match for the upbeat, positive arrangements of Tom Tom 84 and Sonny Sanders. With Carl Davis and Eugene Record at the helm on production, the album's overflowing with great Chicago
soul talent – and tracks include "Take Everything", "I Surrender", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "Love Love Love", "Fan The Fire", and "For Your Precious Love 81".