The Ethics

Golden Philly Classics

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Ronald Tyson-Presson, Joe Freeman, Carl Enlow and Andrew Collins were the Ethics, a quartet of lead singers with Philly roots. Tyson-Presson went on to sing with Love Committee before striking gold with the Temptations, where's he's the longest running member next to Otis Williams. The versatile falsetto is also a noted songwriter with eight pages of titles listed with Broadcast Music Incorporated. "Sad Sad Story," led by Tyson-Presson's delicate falsetto is a heart tugger that did well in Philly and along the East Coast. The clattering "I Want My Baby Back" and "Standing in the Darkness" features a rough tenor. A classy tenor/baritone is out front on "Nothing Too Good for My Baby" (a lilting, midtempo floater) and "Every Night and Day." "Tell Me," their biggest record, is choice sweet Philly soul; each Ethic sings some lead lines on a song that may well have inspired Blue Magic's sound. The subtle grace of "Searching" grows on you. The Ethics excel when Tyson-Presson leads, and "That's the Way Love Goes" is no exception -- the beat ballad has heavy doo wop influences. Tyson-Presson sounds like an innocent adolescent on the lilting "Think About Tomorrow," whose lyrics were obviously motivated by the Temptations' "Fading Away." In the skittish "Closer and Closer," a tenor testifies against sparse instrumentation and rah rah backing vocals. "Look at Me Now" hooks you from the start; a tenor convincingly sings of how his life has improved since finding his Boo. They close with the appropriate "Farewell," a killer ballad that Tyson-Presson juices along with a tenor a la Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. While some material is weak, their singing abilities are unquestionable. Unfortunately, Collectables Records did a miserable packaging job, there are no songwriters' credits and the bio is skimpy.

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