29 de septiembre de 2008

The Joneses
Keepin' Up With The Joneses (1974)
The Joneses (ST) (1977)

1. I Can't See What You See In Me (3:06)
2. Fire (2:50)
3. Our Love Song (7:27)
4. Hey Baby (Pt 1) (3:32)
5. Hey Baby (Pt 2) (2:05)
6. Sugar Pie Guy (Pt 1) (3:40)
7. Sugar Pie Guy (Pt 2) (3:46)
8. I Promis You (4:46)
9. Baby Don't Do It (2:54)
10. Please Let Me Stay (4:14)

Formed 1969, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

The group comprised of:

Cy Brooks (lead singer)
Glenn Dorsey
Sam White
Reginald Noble
and his brother Wendell Noble

They were one of several groups from that time that represented a return to the vocal group format the became prevelant in the previous two decades.
During the early 70s, the group began recording in the soft-soul mode that featured a falsetto lead, sweet harmonies along with fully orchestrated arrangements.
The original group formed in Pittsburgh in 1969, however the recording group arrived at its final line-up after moving to New York to record for YM.R Records in the early 70's.
The members of the V.M.P. group featured falsetto lead Cy Brooks, Glenn Dorsey, Sam White and brothers Reginald and Wendell Noble, and on that label they had a New York hit with 'Pretty Pretty'.
Moving to the Pride label in 1973, they had another local hit, 'Pull My String'.
Mercury Records then signed them.

Cy Brooks left at this point and his lead spot was taken by baritone Harold Taylor (who had earlier been with the group in Pittsburgh).
At Mercury the Joneses first had success locally in Baltimore with 'Baby Don't Do It', but in 1974 they began a string of national hits including 'Hey Babe' (number 18 R & B).
They then followed with their crossover hit, 'Sugar Pie Guy' (number 10 R & B, number 47 pop), also in 1974.
They also had considerable success with 'l Can't See What You See in Me' (number 28 R & B) in 1975.

The Joneses broke up in 1975, but in the following years there were four resurrections of the group, the first in 1977 and the last in 1992, and each time the only constant in the new line-ups being Glenn Dorsey.

The Joneses were from Baltimore and recorded their debut album, Keepin Up With The Joneses in New York. They recorded with some of the leading Jazz studio musicians of the city such as Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, Wilbur Bascome, Ralph McDonald and others. Most of the LP is mid-tempo vocal group Soul like Baby Don’t Do It. Sometimes they come with lush arrangements with strings such as Sugar Pie Guy that reminds a bit of a Barry White production with that philly style.

The Joneses
The Joneses
Epic Records LP, 1977

1. Who Love's You (3:29)
2. In Love Again (3:13)
3. (If I Could Have) Your Love For A Song (3:31)
4. All The Little Pieces (5:42)
5. Music To My Ears (5:19)
6. Lies (3:05)
7. Groovin' On Ya (3:26)
8. Merry Go Round (3:49)
9. Universal Love (5:06)
10. Rat Race (4:51)

Reencuentro de los Joneses, aunque con casi la totalidad de los integrantes cambiados (menos uno), pero conservando las bellas harmonias que nos dejó su anterior album. Con un sonido puramente philly, destacan sobremanera los 2 primeros cortes "Who Love's You" y el medio tiempo "In Love Again", realmente brillantes.

Para los entusiastas del sonido philadelphia mas norman-harrisiano, este album les va a encantar. Recomendado.

21 comentarios:

hooch dijo...

Awesome! - Many thanks Man - looking forward to hearing this!

k02 dijo...


Hartman dijo...

y para acabar doble plato de Joneses. Musicalmente hablando mi mejor semana desde hace mucho tiempo. Bueno de uno de la "vieja guardia".

Por cierto a ver si aparece en alguna fiesta de las que organizan los amantes del disco/soulful en la ciudad condal!

h dijo...

Thanks a lot !! never ever heard about this group !!

Anónimo dijo...

Thank you for the re-up of these classic albums. Soul Music is just not this anymore. My appreciation.

Anónimo dijo...


wkc dijo...

Thank you so much for this share. Having grown up in Pittsburgh it was a real treat to find this one to listen to again.

trakbuv dijo...

Awesome - I've been checking back ever since you promised this re-up way back - and you've been good to your word - many many thanks for sharing this rare LP

Ricardo dijo...

Great to hear Sugar Pie Guy again, and I didn't know the second "The Joneses" album, so a double Gracias from me

Anónimo dijo...

looking forward to checking this out

Visuals dijo...

Thanks for the re-up of these 2 drops. I was always interested in hearing more of this Philly group after hearing Sugar Pie Guy back in the early 70's. I too, Am a lover of Philly sound as well as lived there for almost 20 years. Thanks

truelivin dijo...

Great post on the Joneses! I've totally slept on them. Thanks alot....

mr_pleasant dijo...

Uauau, el tema que nos has dejado del primer disco suena rematadamente bien: elegancia en los arreglos, grandes armonías vocales y un ritmo penetrante sin ser demasiado acelerado.

No los conocía. Gracias por este gran descubrimiento solsoul.

Saludos !

Anónimo dijo...

I used to have this album many years ago but I lost it somehow. Thank you very much for posting it...I can't wait to close my eyes and hear this great group again. Thank you

cafecafecafe dijo...

Thanks. Good group.

albgardis dijo...

Thank you for re-uploading these 2 wonderful LPs!!

I have been waiting for it (to be honest), and I was a bit uncertain whether you would have forgotten about them, or whether you might be too busy otherwise. (We all lead real lives outside blogspots...)

So I am utterly happy to see these LPs today. Thank you! Thank you!
Can't wait to listen again!

The Disco Cop dijo...

Thanks!! Great!

Bill_Crates dijo...


noguti dijo...

muito obrigado

Fortune dijo...

If you were a fan of The Joneses and would like to keep updated on new music and shows by this group, go to: www.myspace.com/themightyjoneses or send email to musicdyfor@gmail.com and leave a message or comment. The Joneses are back in action and will be doing concert in the DC/MD/VA area real soon. I am one of the promoters working with this group and they are still singing and looking better than ever. Please leave a comment if you would like them to come to your town. www.myspace.com/themightyjoneses or facebook: Ramone Joneses Noble.

AsagiZuster dijo...

¡Ay, perdóname, no me había fijado que habías resubido los álbumes de The Joneses! Me disculpo si dejé spam en las entradas originales. Me apena el hecho y si quieres, puedes borrarlos.

Un millón de gracias, me has hecho realmente feliz. Un inmenso abrazo :)