Billboard's Hot Soul Singles: the '70s: the #1s: reviewed. Hit me!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

"Love On A Two-Way Street," The Moments (5/16/70)
Would it help if I explained that 10 years later, they hit the top as Ray, Goodman, & Brown? The creamy harmonies they exhibited so finely on "Special Lady" a decade hence were well in force on "Street," a marvelous marriage of sad, sad lyric and oh-so-oh! singing. The song's subdued, string-laden arrangement nicely sets its vocals like so much gold and diamonds in a ring. Sometimes, gentle is the way to go. A-
"Turn Back the Hands of Time," Tyrone Davis (5/2/70)
Tyrone Davis was seriously uncool. He didn't have his first hit until he was 30, and was never considered Mr. Fashionable. His music appealed not to the kids driving the culture, but their parents. But it paid off: over the course of 20 years, he had 14 top 10 R&B hits, inculding batting one out of the park on his first try with '69's "Can I Change My Mind." This was his third single, and he did it again with a midtempo groover made for adults. Like most such things, it's inoffensive, but also a bit on the bland side. B-
"ABC," The Jackson 5 (4/4/70)
"I Want You Back," only much less magical, because it's much more cloying. Frankly, these lyrics are embarassing. B-

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