The Dramatics

Say the Word: Their Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 2

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A second helping of the Dramatics love ballads. Omissions from the first volume are included, yet the excellent "I Cried All the Way Home" remains a no-show, although many listeners would have preferred it to "Yo' Love (Can Only Bring Me Happiness)," "Me Myself & I," or "Call Me." "Love Birds" would have been a nice inclusion too, but oh well. It's nice to see "She's a Rainmaker" getting some recognition, the excellent Tony Hester composition languished on Drama V, it's as teary as "In the Rain," and just as painful. Original lead William "Wee Gee" Howard leads "Thank You for Your Love," an exquisite floating ballad where he humbly gives praise to the women in his life. The backing harmonies weave in and out, complemented by a tasty string section. The Dells are featured with them on "I'm in Love," a lovely number that features Ron Banks' delightful falsetto. Their version of "Love Is Here," originally done by the Futures, is a treat. A good remake though not as tight as the original, it never escaped their 10 1/2 LP. "Toast to the Fool" and "My Ship Won't Sail Without You" are winners, but the title track, "Say the Word," is overblown and too slick. Most of these cuts were album tracks, a long version of "Stop Your Weeping" and "Toast" are the only real hits.

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