Friday, 22 April 2011

The Undisputed Truth - The Undisputed Truth (1971)

The Undisputed Truth came together as a trio in 1970. Original members were Joe Harris (formerly of the Preps, and involved with the Ohio Players in the 60's), and Billy Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce (previously with the Delicates, and back-up singers for Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Edwin Starr). The "project" was backed by Norman Whitfield, the famous Motown producer, who at the time was also reworking and reshaping the Temptations. The Undisputed Truth were always seen as something of a warm-up-band, with Whitfield using them to experiment on his psychedelic soul ideas (a number of Temptations songs were also recorded by this group); however, their work has merit in its own right, with great musicality and vocal quality. Highlights of "The Undisputed Truth," their debut album, include "Smiling Faces Sometimes" (which reached #3 on the R&B charts), "California Soul" and the hyper-extended, 11-minute "Ball Of Confusion."

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