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First Generation - Give Him Up - High Note - Offers

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You know I was saying I had this covered up years ago, well I found the review I did of it in Beatin' Rhythm Magazine , it's from Autumn 1995, I bought the record the year before (for the other side by Dave Barker):
Sonya Kay & The Ebonies - Give Him Up (UK Black Cat test pressing)
And if you believe that, you'll believe anything! A real grower from - wait for it - 1970 - yes, you heard correctly. This makes it a bit late for me and it falls into the style which could quite easily be described as crossover, but wait til you hear it. It begins with some Stax-style horn blasts at a slow to midtempo pace, and then in comes the young female vocalist pleading "Give him up, he don't deserve you", to which the backing singers respond in kind. Lovely harmonies on this record as well as great brasswork and a very tight rhythm section, it's sparse, mellow and totally groovy. Not yer typical Northern sound by a long chalk an interesting one and a very soulful sound. I defy anyone reading this magazine (remember this was written in 1995) to find out who it actually is before the next issue of the magazine comes out. I'll just give you one clue and tell you that it's on a UK reggae label. Four Stars.

 

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