The Monitors

Grazing in the Grass

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If you have no concept of the Monitors, who recorded for Motown Records in the mid-'60s, this CD won't cause any major problems, but if you do, you might scratch your head and say "huh?" The original Monitors were led by Richard Street, and the other members were Maurice Fagin, Sandra Fagin, and Warren Harris; this new group, assembled in the late '80s, consisted of Warren Harris, Leah Harris, Maurice Fagin, Herschel Hunter, and Darrell Littlejohn (Smokey Robinson's nephew) on lead. Littlejohn is vocally like his famous uncle and not at all like Street. Hence, these Monitors come off like third-rate Miracles. With a few exceptions, the songs are weak. Ex-Motowner Sylvia Moy produced the album along with Ian Levine -- the mastermind of the Motorcity projects. Subjective picks: the title track, "Cold as Ice," "Rescue My Heart," and "You Are My Destiny."

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