Brotherhood of Man

Golden Classics

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Although this does an admirable job of cross-licensing almost all the British Brotherhood of Man 1970s chart singles from the Deram and Pye labels, American consumers might be kind of disappointed by it. In the States, the group's most known for "United We Stand," and while that's here, many of the 17 tracks date from later than when Tony Burrows was the most important of this outfit's singers during the early-'70s "United We Stand" period. No dates, annoyingly, are given in the package, but it does include their 1976-1978 U.K. hits "Save Your Kisses for Me," "My Sweet Rosalie," "Oh Boy," "Angelo," "Figaro," and "Beautiful Lover." "United We Stand" and its smaller follow-up single, "Where Are You Going to My Love," were actually not-bad, soul-influenced light pop. But the Pye-era hits are innocuous, if very successful, mainstream pop trifles with mildly catchy tunes, sometimes with something of a Latin disco feel. Those do prove that much of Britain was listening to something very far from punk and new wave in the late '70s.

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