Tuesday 21 February 2023

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , ,

After less than 30 seconds of hearing the title track of this album, you'll be asking yourselves, "why have we not heard of these guys?"

We'll that is unless you've been hanging onto your BBE 7" from 2012 thinking, 'I Keep Asking You Questions', when are we going to get a Black Ivory album orignally released on Perception Records in 1972 (Ed. can you stop keep asking us questions now?)

What's even more baffling is that as the initial incarnation of Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess (that would go on to be The Universal Robot Band whose monster hit 'Barely Breaking Even' that BBE take their name) why aren't they as well know as The Detroit Spinners, The Temptations, The Dramatics or any other 70s male vocal group called 'The' something?

We'll it's beyond me as this is all about the vocal harmonies, the soul, the big string productions along with featuring future mega stars as Vince Montana on vibes and drummer Larry Blackmon (later of Cameo).

The tracks fit the 'formula' of the time (perhaps that why they got 'overlooked') but this was when soul, disco, big ballards were what you did and every track is pure gold from the longing of 'You & I' to 'I Keep Asking You Questions' and the then future funky, 'Our Future'.

There's some tracks that are a bit sugary (but not 'I'll Find A Way' or 'She Said That She's Leaving') and at the other extreme, 'Surrender' sounds like their tribute to the Jackson 5!

That said, Adams and Burgess were briming full of talent which they more show here and, indeed, proved in their subsequent careers. 

Perception released two albums by the group under their sub label project run by Adams, Today Records (the other being 'Baby, Won't You Change Your Mind' also from 1972 that's being re-issue by BBE on the same day, see review 'HERE') and fifty years on they sound as beaautiful now as they did them.

Artist: Black Ivory

Title: Don't Turn Around 

Release date: 17 January, 2023

Label : BBE Music

Catalog Number : BBE704 LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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