The Choice Four

The Very Best of the Choice Four

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This 17-track collection has its ups, no downs, but some mundane areas. If you're familiar with David Ruffin's three Van McCoy-produced albums, you'll recognize "I'm Gonna Walk Away From Love," "The Finger Pointers," "Just Let Me Hold You for a Night," and "Ready, Willing and Able," all initially done by the Choice Four and redone by Ruffin, who makes the originals sound like demos. This disc includes their debut (and arguably best recording) "I Need Your Love to Keep Me Warm" and a stellar rendition of McCoy's "When You're Young and in Love." McCoy used the group's tenor too much, he did everything bel canto style, showing little emotion. Choice Four's falsetto singer is more exciting especially on "This Time It's for Real," a song with a Delfonics-ish feel; "You're So Right for Me," a sweet floater; and "Besides Me," a tune that sounds like the Stylistics' post-Thom Bell stuff. McCoy's other protegées, Faith, Hope & Charity are featured prominently on some tracks. Koch omitted two disco tunes: "Hey, What's That Dance You're Doing" and "A Time for Celebration," as well as their final recording, "You're My Peace of Mind," a tune Ruffin also redid and took to another level.

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