The Radiants

Baby You Got It: Ultimate Collection

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When Rack O' Ribs Records released The Regal Theater Presents the Radiants: The Singles Collection 1962-1970, fans of this underrated and neglected Chicago group literally jumped through hoops. For years, you couldn't find an album or single by them. The Rack O' Ribs CD is a complete account of the Radiants when Maurice McAlister sang lead and wrote most of their material. It's also the only CD that covers McAlister and McLauren Green's career as Maurice & Mac. It didn't cover the Radiants after McAlister, the period commencing with "Don't It Make You Feel Kinda Bad," a record credited to them that they didn't record (it was actually done by the Confessions). This collection features some choice cuts by the Radiants when McAlister led them, along with tracks from 1967 to 1971 with the new Radiants, who had a totally different sound. The high points are "Hold On," "Tears of a Clown" (not the Miracles song), "The Clown Is Clever," "Anything You Do Is Alright" (written by Maxine Brown), and some others. Low points are grittier offerings like "Another Mule Is Kicking in Your Stall" and "Ida Mae Foster," which stray too far from their original personae. McAlister rejoined them for a short stint at Twinight Records, who issued "My Sunshine Girl" and "Don't Wanna Face the Truth" in 1971 (included here). The Twinight sides are the only tracks that Chess Records didn't originally issue. Obviously, you need to get this and the Rack O' Ribs disc to complete your Radiants library. The title is misleading; a real ultimate Radiants CD would slap all the old and the new Radiants tracks, sans the Maurice & Mac stuff, on one disk.