The Impressions

We're a Winner

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While the title track is one of Mayfield's classic civil rights anthems, most of this album is actually dedicated to standard romantic themes. This isn't necessarily a drawback; almost every cut is a quality Mayfield original, and the harmonies and vocal interplay among the group are outstanding. "Nothing Can Stop Me," which had been a hit in 1965 for Gene Chandler, is an uptempo highlight, and "Little Brown Boy" shows more of the African-American pride that had been explored in "We're a Winner," albeit in a more tender, ballad mode. The closing cover of "Up Up and Away" is misplaced, but overall this is one of the better Impressions albums to pick up if you want more than what's found on the greatest-hits collections, with excellent production and Johnny Pate arrangements throughout.

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