Various Artists

A Quartet of Soul

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The LP's title refers to four R&B artists who recorded for Musicor Records during the late '60s: Inez & Charlie Foxx (three songs), the Toys (two songs), the Platters (three songs) and Tommy Hunt (two songs). Add them up and you get a total of ten songs. All non-hits, and nowhere near the best of any of these artists. Brother and sister, Inez & Charlie Fox, come off best with "Count the Days," and a remake of their biggie, entitled "Mockin' Bird 68." The Toys, who scored with "Lovers Concerto" on the Dyna Voice label, have two selections lacking the urgency of previous recordings. "Sweet Sweet Lovin'," by the Platters stalled on the lower rungs of the R&B chart. "How Beautiful Our Love Is," written by Tony Hester and Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, is lovely, but failed to even dent the charts. The two Tommy Hunt (former Flamingo) tunes probably hasten his exit from the States to Europe where he has resided for decades. Like the other tunes on this album, they died a quiet death. "Just a Little Taste of Your Sweet Lovin'" was an ill-fated attempt at commercializing the crooning, balladeer style of Hunt to a more contemporary R&B style.