The Artistics

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Six slammin' Artistics sides and four standards "artistically" sung make for some enjoyable listening. The Chi-Lites' "Price of Love" is sung in Marvin Smith's natural voice, distinguishing it from the original falsetto version. Gary Jackson's "Yesterday's Girl" remains one of their more enduring recordings. The scorching "What Happened to the Love We Had" showcases Smith's unique, mercurial tenor. His reading of "I Wish You Love" rivals the late Eddie Kendricks' rendition from the Temptations' In a Mellow Mood. A basement-deep bass accents a soulful version of "With These Hands."

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