Hardly a battle of the bands – as both groups here are great, and bring a sublime harmony soul sound to the set! The first half of the CD features some of the best early work from Black Ivory – killer group soul tracks recorded for the Perception/
Today label in the early 70s, when Patrick Adams was handling the group in the studio and really helping them hit their heights! The 12 tracks included have the group sounding great both in a heartbreakingly mellow style, and in a more upbeat one – a groove that's probably more Motown-styled soul than some of their clubbier work in years to come. Black Ivory titles include "Surrender", "I'll Find A Way", "Don't Turn Around", "Our Future", "We Made It", "You & I", "Just Leave Me Some", "Time Is Love", and "Find The One Who Loves You". Next up are 8 more tracks by an even more obscure group – Odds & Ends, who also recorded for Perception/
Today at the same stretch – and who have an equally great sound! The group's a trio with two guy singers and one gal – and they work here with a distinctly Philly
sound, thanks to studio help from Thom Bell and Bobby Martin, who bring as much polish to the singles as some of the best work from the Gamble & Huff team at the time. There's a great late 60s Philly
style to the cuts – despite an early 70s release – and titles include "Foot Track", "Who Could Doubt My Love", "Love Makes The World
Go Round", "Yesterday My Love", and "Talk That Talk".
(Out of print.)