The Detroit Emeralds are reminiscent of funky the Four Tops; while their lead didn't have Levi Stubbs' mesmerizing baritone, their music had a similar feel. Centered around their R&B hit "You Want It, You Got It," this LP of the same title illustrates another side of Detroit. The title track smokes from the first second to the fade. "Feel the Need in Me" is slower but as funky -- no doubt their roots (Little Rock, AR) gave the guys that Southern slant that was absent from most Detroit recordings. The most charming cut for many is "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" with its sloop beat and cool strutting rhythms. A few ballads are mixed with dancers like "I Bet You Get the One You Love" for a well-rounded set. An English recording firm has reissued this LP with another Detroit Emeralds LP, Do Me Right. Two for the price of one.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton