The Moments

Late Night Soul

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The Moments are one of the better R&B vocal groups of the '70s. This intriguing compilation traces the Stang work of the '69-'78 incarnation that later became Ray, Goodman and Brown. The Moments, featuring Harry Ray, Al Goodman, and Billy Brown, are extremely underrated and never were as successful as Blue Magic or the Chi-Lites. The reasons range from their small label to poorly conceived albums, but Late Night Soul proves how talented and singular the group could be. Although any greatest hits set from the Moments will find tracks with raw emotionality, Late Night Soul offers tracks off the lyrical beaten path as well. The musically derivative "The Best Thing For Me" has the odd premise of Ray hatching a scheme for his wife to fake her death so she can leave her children without guilt. The drama filled and well arranged, "This Old House" led by Brown has him almost busting a gut over changes he's noticed while trespassing at his old place of residence. The bittersweet "Mama I Miss You" has great guitar effects and a steady and is an effective solo spot from Ray. Although this album offers a good amount of their earlier work, it also has some of their later tracks. The smooth and sensual "I Could Have Loved You," written by Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts and Bette Midler, again features the assured vocals of Ray. The ballad "Patty," from the title track of a film exploring Patricia Hearst's mid-'70s woes, succeeds due to Brown's unbelievably high and felt vocal. Late Night Soul will no doubt please the group's fans, but lovers of ‘'70s R&B and extensive yet concise compilations will like this too.

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