Harold Melvin / Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

To Be True

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The third album from the melodramatic smooth soul quintet featured an array of R&B classics. While Teddy Pendergrass was featured on this album, he did not lead every song. The three singles -- "Where Are All My Friends," "Bad Luck," "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" were all Billboard R&B Top Ten chart hits, and "Bad Luck" reached number one, sporting an incessant grooving rhythm where Teddy Pendergrass cuts into the lyric with conviction. "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" features the velvety smooth vocals of Sharon Paige on an easy-flowing number. While Harold Melvin carries most of the vocal duties, Pendergrass steps in for a one-liner and closes out on the vamp. Whereas most ballads climax towards the end of the song, the most climatic part of this number one song is the string and horn intro. This is one of four consecutive great albums to come from the Philadelphia vocal quintet.

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