The Stylistics

You Are Everything

Composed by Linda Creed / Thom Bell

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The Stylistics' first pop hit -- off an album that eventually spawned two more monster smashes with "People Make the World Go Round" and the monumental "Betcha By Golly Wow" -- 1971's "You Are Everything" is a classic slice of early Philly soul. Everything about the song is totemic of 1971 soul, from the groovy electric sitar and phased strings opening to the leftover hippieish vibe of Linda Creed's lyrics ("You are everything and everything is you"...cosmic, baby), which makes this the most dated of the three big hits off this album. It's still a marvelous song, however, with some of the group's best harmony singing, and the fact that it's more of a proper group vocal arrangement makes it something of a rarity in the group's string of hits. Once Russell Thompkins Jr.'s falsetto became the group's signature, producer Thom Bell made him the star of the show, reducing the other members to occasional backup vocals. Hearing all four of the Stylistics crooning in the manner of the Eddie Kendricks-led Temptations is a rare treat.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Stylistics 1971 Amherst Records 2:57
The Best of the Stylistics [Amherst] 1975 Amherst Records
No Image 1983 Contour
No Image 1991 Unidisc
Slow Jams: The 70's, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:55
No Image 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:55
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:55
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:55
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:52
The Greatest Slow Jams 2000
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:56
Kissing After Dark: Urban Radio's Favorite Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Lightyear 2:55
Smooth Grooves: The Essential Collection 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
Love Ballads to Remember 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / BMG Special Products 2:55
Newman's Own: Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
The Sound of Philadelphia [Movie Play] 2001
Various Artists
Double Platinum 2:54
Soul Classics, Vol. 3 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 2:56
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:56
The 70s Soul Jam, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:05
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
The Sounds of Philadelphia [Double Platinum] 2003
Various Artists
Double Platinum 2:54
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:56
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 2:56
The Ultimate Collection 2005 Mercury / Universal 2:56
Colezo: The Stylistics 2005 Victor Records 2:59
The Stylistics Live: R&B Soul 2005 Direct Source 3:12
The Very Best of the Stylistics...and More! 2005 Amherst Records 2:55
The Best of the Stylistics Live 2006 Pegasus (Pinnacle) / Pegasus 3:12
K-Tel Presents: Always and Forever - Love 70's Style 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:10
Soul Ballads: R&B Soul 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:12
Smooth Soul Ballads 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:12
Sweet Soul Music 2006 St. Clair
Romantic Moments of the 70's: Original Artists 2007
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:08
Live [Time] 2007 Time Music 3:12
21 Essential Funk and Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra
In Concert 2007 Hallmark / Hallmark Recordings
20 Smooth Soul Songs 2007
Various Artists
Bayberry Records 3:12
Best of Soul & R&B 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 3:12
R&B Classics 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 2:55
Ultimate R&B Love Songs 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:12
The Very Best of the Stylistics 2007 Spectrum Music
Can't Give You Anything But My Love: The Love Songs 2008 Spectrum Music 2:58
25 Best: Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:12
The Black Power: Definitive Collection -- Soul and Funk Trilogy 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 3:10
Smooth Love R&B Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:13
The Greatest: Souvenir Edition 2008 Universal Music 2:58
R&B Love [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:12
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Stone in Love with You 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
Slow Jam Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:12
No Image 2010 Three Kids 3:10
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music 3:08
I'm Stone in Love with You 2012 Excalibur 3:10
No Image X5 Music Group 3:12
Live in Norfolk 2005 [DVD] MVD Visual / San Juan
R&B Favorites [4 Disc]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:13
Smash Soul & R&B Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Excalibur 3:10
The Best of the Stylistics Amherst Records 2:55
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