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Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford: Early Years And Unheard Pearls (CD)

(Ace Records)  21 Tracks

Hodges, James, Smith and often Carolyn Crawford were so soulful in their early years – these unreleased gems will cement their fine reputation.

Hodges, James, Smith (& Crawford) are one of the last great 70s girl groups to be compiled. The reason for the strange billing is that they were formed in 1970, had a release as Hodges, James & Smith, then as Love ‘N’ Stuff. Ex-Motown starlet Carolyn Crawford joined in late 1971 for two singles before departing amicably in late 1972, leaving Pat Hodges, Denita James and Jessica Smith to continue as a trio.
 
The early 45s are excellent and have long been admired, but the tracks found in the vault are superb and make this a must-buy for lovers of the girl soul group sound. Highlights include the two M’Pingo 45s when they were a quartet and the unissued dancers ‘Wishful Thinking’, ‘What Made You Think’, ‘Nothing Special In You’ and the sexy ‘In My Fantasy’. Pre-release plays of these at the 100 Club and on On-liners have been very well received indeed.
 
The girls were also great purveyors of powerful ballads such as in ‘Baby My Love Is Showing’, ‘I’m A Woman’ and ‘Never Meant To Be’. The songs and production are from Mickey Stevenson, Clarence Paul, Ronnie McNeir, Leon Ware, Ernie Shelby and other talented musicians from the Detroit and Los Angeles scenes of the early 70s.

Writers Rudy Calvo and A. Scott Galloway have conducted new interviews with Mickey Stevenson, Pat Hodges, Carolyn Crawford and Ronnie McNeir to tell the full story in the CD package. Carolyn Crawford has also supplied the only known photos of the group as a foursome.

Ady Croasdell


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Hodges James Smith & Crawford - Early Years And Unheard Pearls (CD) CD 1
01 Wishful thinking Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
02 Let's pick up the pieces Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
03 Somewhere a valley Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
04 Write me a letter Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
05 What made you think Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
06 Nothing special in you Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
07 I'm in love Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
08 Ain't that right Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
09 Nobody Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
10 In my fantasy Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
11 I'm a woman Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
12 Never meant to be Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
13 Hang up to you Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
14 Let it out, let it in Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
15 Right on brothers, right on Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
16 It cracks me up Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
17 (baby) don't leave me Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
18 Baby my love is showing Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
19 Again Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
20 I've gotta be me Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
21 If you wanna love me Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford
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Tracklist
Hodges James Smith & Crawford - Early Years And Unheard Pearls (CD) CD 1
01 Wishful thinking
02 Let's pick up the pieces
03 Somewhere a valley
04 Write me a letter
05 What made you think
06 Nothing special in you
07 I'm in love
08 Ain't that right
09 Nobody
10 In my fantasy
11 I'm a woman
12 Never meant to be
13 Hang up to you
14 Let it out, let it in
15 Right on brothers, right on
16 It cracks me up
17 (baby) don't leave me
18 Baby my love is showing
19 Again
20 I've gotta be me
21 If you wanna love me