The Knight Brothers


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The Knight Brothers are only remembered for their 1965 hit "Temptation 'Bout to Get Me," but they recorded quite a bit for Chess in the '60s, though they didn't manage to put out an album. This belated compilation gets an A for thoroughness, with both sides of all six of their 1963-1966 Chess singles, as well as the 1968 Mercury 45 "Tried So Hard to Please Her"/"Ghetto Joe." There are also eight mid-'60s Chess tracks by the Carltons (who included one of the Knight Brothers, Jimmy Diggs, though fellow Knight Brother Richard Dunbar wasn't involved). It's a great fill-in-the-gapper for soul collectors, though as happens so often with these kind of comps, nothing's as memorable as the hit, the powerful anguished ballad "Temptation 'Bout to Get Me." The rest is decent but not killer duo harmony soul, the earliest sides boasting the rawest and most gospel-informed feel, though "Come on Girl" has an uptown soul-meets- country sound akin to some of Solomon Burke's material. The Carltons' singles are extremely derivative of the Impressions (though certainly extremely competent as such things go), an approach that spills over to the 1965-1966 Knight Brothers singles, though the orchestrated production is nearly exquisite. It's not all in the Impressions' footsteps, but unfortunately "That'll Get It" is overly reminiscent of another giant soul act, Sam & Dave.

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