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Defining Moments In 60S Soul From Chicago's Greatest Group ... The Impressions' Big Sixteen".... more

The Impressions: Definitive Impressions (CD)

Defining Moments In 60S Soul From Chicago's Greatest Group

... The Impressions' Big Sixteen". I can still remember the first copy I ever saw, hanging in the window of "The Melody Inn" - the hippest record shop in Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex and, luckily for me, my local record shop. It was in a drop-down strip of plastic that also housed an import copy of James Brown's Try Me album, Motown Magic and The Late, Fantastically Great Elmore James. All four were second-hand, which showed an unbelievable lack of taste on the previous owner's part.

I later found out from the young, ultra-aware shop proprietor Martin Hubbard - my original musical mentor, and the man who later gave me my first job in the record business - that they belonged to an ex-mod called Ron, who'd 'grown up' and traded them in for Procol Harum and Grateful Dead albums, having declared to himself that "Soul was sh*t". Silly fella...".

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  • Interpret: The Impressions

  • Album titlle: Definitive Impressions (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label KENT

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667292320

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Impressions, The - Definitive Impressions (CD) CD 1
01 Gypsy Woman
02 Grow Closer Together
03 Little Young Lover
04 Minstrel And Queen
05 I'm The One Who Loves You
06 Sad, Sad Girl And Boy
07 It's All Right
08 Talking About My Baby
09 I'm So Proud
10 Keep On Pushing
11 I've Been Trying
12 Girl You Don't Know Me
13 I Made A Mistake
14 You Must Believe Me
15 Amen
16 People Get Ready
17 Woman's Got Soul
18 Meeting Over Yonder
19 I Need You
20 Just One Kiss From You
21 You've Been Cheatin'
22 Since I Lost The One I Love
23 I Can't Satisfy
24 You Always Hurt Me
25 I Can't Stay Away From You
26 We're A Winner
27 We're Rolling On
28 I Loved And I Lost
The Impressions Gypsy Woman Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry... more
"The Impressions"

The Impressions

Gypsy Woman

Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry Butler, who had fronted their soulful breakthrough ballad For Your Precious Love (you'll find it on our 1958 disc), The Impressions were finding it hard to come up with a second hit. Butler had quit the Chicago group amidst jealousy from some members over Vee-Jay Records unexpectedly giving him featured billing on the single.

Chicago native Curtis Mayfield, all of 16 when he played guitar and sang high tenor behind The Ice Man on For Your Precious Love, took over lead duties for The Impressions. He'd attended Wells High School while living in Cabrini-Green, the massive housing project on Chicago's near North Side. Even before that, he doo-wopped with The Alphatones on the West Side and sang hymns with the Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers. That's where he took up guitar, tuning his axe to a very unusual F# chord that gave Mayfield his highly distinctive sound.

The Impressions brought Fred Cash up from Chattanooga, Tennessee to replace Butler. He'd been in The Roosters there along with tenor-singing brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks and baritone Sam Gooden, who now comprised the rest of The Impressions. With Mayfield's airy high tenor out front, the quintet stuck around Vee-Jay's Abner label for a short while, but A&R man Calvin Carter didn't care for Curtis as a front man, so they were dropped. The Impressions made a single for Bandera Records, owned by Vi Muszynski, who had brought them to Vee-Jay in the first place, but Listen didn't reverse their fading fortunes. Curtis took a break to tour as Butler's guitarist, the pair co-writing three major R&B sellers for Jerry at Vee-Jay in 1960-61: the R&B chart-topping He Will Break Your Heart, Find Another Girl, and I'm A Telling You.

"In the writing of them, we would mess around, he would wind up singing the hook with me. So we decided to record 'em that way, and it turned out very well," says Butler. "I think a lot of that had to do with the way Curtis played guitar."

Eddie Thomas brought The Impressions to the major label ABC-Paramount, recording in New York with arranger/conductor Roy Glover, Jr., who decorated Mayfield's exotic Gypsy Woman with castanets and hushed backing. Cut in July of 1961, Gypsy Woman was a #2 R&B/#20 pop hit late that year (another Mayfield ballad, As Long As You Love Me, was its flip side). The Impressions were back.

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Impressions, The - Definitive Impressions (CD) CD 1
01 Gypsy Woman
02 Grow Closer Together
03 Little Young Lover
04 Minstrel And Queen
05 I'm The One Who Loves You
06 Sad, Sad Girl And Boy
07 It's All Right
08 Talking About My Baby
09 I'm So Proud
10 Keep On Pushing
11 I've Been Trying
12 Girl You Don't Know Me
13 I Made A Mistake
14 You Must Believe Me
15 Amen
16 People Get Ready
17 Woman's Got Soul
18 Meeting Over Yonder
19 I Need You
20 Just One Kiss From You
21 You've Been Cheatin'
22 Since I Lost The One I Love
23 I Can't Satisfy
24 You Always Hurt Me
25 I Can't Stay Away From You
26 We're A Winner
27 We're Rolling On
28 I Loved And I Lost