Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Legendary Three Tenors of Soul

Kudos to David Mills, the estimable Undercover Black Man, for turning up what sounds like a real gem: The Legendary Three Tenors of Soul, featuring lead singers Will Hart from The Delfonics, Ted Mills of Blue Magic, and the iconic Russell Thompkins Jr., from The Stylistics.

I can’t wait to hear this, because they truly don’t make music like this any more (if they do, they do a good job hiding it). And since The Delfonics and The Stylistics both did their best work with legendary producer Thom Bell, I’ve got a beef: why is there no Thom Bell box set? The man was a genius and a veritable hit machine in the 1970s; in addition to those groups above, he also produced the best and most famous work from the Spinners. So how about it, record companies? How about a tribute to one of the great producers of all time?

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