The Chi-Lites

Inner City Blues

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Add the Chi-lites' name to the growing list of recording artists who have been repackaged to death. At least Brunswick didn't title this a "Best of" or "Greatest Hits" collection. This is a sprinkling of hits surrounded by album cuts and B-sides with no defining thread. Many of these songs feature Eugene Record singing in his soft, innocent, juvenile-ish falsetto; ironically, his most popular recordings in that voice ("Stoned Out of My Mind" and "Give It Away") were omitted. He also sang in a harder falsetto and his normal register. Examples of his light, airy sounds include "Ain't Too Much of Nothing," "Love Uprising," "Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was," "12th of Never," "Go Away Dream" and "Love Is." He uses a harder, more intense falsetto on the street-corner favorite "What Do I Wish For" and the jammin' "I Like Your Lovin'." Robert "Squirrel" Thompson leads a very ordinary sounding "Inner City Blues." The drama filled "Lonely Man" is the most popular Chi-lite cut here.

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