The Impressions

Lasting Impressions

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When Curtis Mayfield left the Impressions to pursue a solo career, some listeners gave up on the influential Chicago unit. But doing so was a mistake, for the post-Mayfield Impressions recorded their share of excellent soul. Illustrating this fact is Lasting Impressions, a 1989 CD containing material the Fred Cash/Sam Gooden/Ralph Johnson/Reggie Torian lineup recorded in the mid-1970s. This fine album boasts the major R&B hits "Same Thing It Took" and "Sooner or Later," and the group is equally impressive on "Old Before My Time" (a disturbing song about having to grow up much too fast), the Spinners-influenced "First Impressions" and a splendid cover of Bunny Sigler's ballad "Sunshine" (which was also recorded by the O'Jays). Lasting Impressions serves as a reminder that both creatively and commercially, there was life after Mayfield for the Impressions.

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