The Best of The Stylistics

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The Best of the Stylstics
Compilation album by The Stylistics
Released February 1975
Recorded Sigma Sound Studio North
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Media Sound Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B
Length 36:19
Label Avco
AV 69005
Producer Thom Bell, Hugo & Luigi
The Stylistics chronology
Heavy
(1974)
The Best of the Stylistics
(1975)
Thank You Baby
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A- [2]

The Best of The Stylistics was a compilation album released by US Soul group The Stylistics.

Released in 1975, the album became a big success in the UK when it reached No.1. Hitting the pinnacle three times during the year, the album remained at No.1 for 9 weeks in total.[3] Helped largely by TV advertising, it became the biggest album of the group's career and the UK's top seller of 1975.[4] It also reached No.41 in the US - although their popularity was beginning to decline there.

Following its success, several albums entered the charts including their latest, Thank You Baby, which reached No.5 at the same time the compilation was No.1.[5]

Another version of the album (The Very Best of The Stylistics) with the same cover but with an alternate track listing was released by H & L Rrecords (Phonogram) in 1983. The album has since been released on CD as a compilation of this and Volume two.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "You Make Me Feel Brand New"   4:45
2. "Betcha by Golly, Wow"   3:17
3. "Rockin' Roll Baby"   3:15
4. "Break Up to Make Up" (T. Bell, Creed, Kenneth Gamble) 4:00
5. "You're a Big Girl Now" (Marty Bryant, Robert Douglas) 3:14
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "I'm Stone in Love with You" (T. Bell, Creed, Anthony Bell) 3:12
7. "Heavy Fallin' Out" (Hugo & Luigi, George David Weiss) 5:18
8. "Let's Put It All Together" (Hugo & Luigi, George David Weiss) 2:55
9. "You Are Everything"   2:55
10. "People Make the World Go Round"   3:28

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
US Top LPs & Tapes[6] 1975 41
US Soul LPs[6] 13
UK Albums Chart[7] 1

The Best of the Stylistics Volume II[edit]

The Best of the Stylstics Volume II Weekend
Compilation album by The Stylistics
Released September 1976
Recorded Media Sound Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B
Length 42:04
Label H&L
9109 010
Producer Hugo & Luigi
The Stylistics chronology
Fabulous
(1976)
The Best of the Stylistics, Vol. 2
(1976)
Once Upon a Juke Box
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]

A follow-up compilation was released the following year, subtitled Volume 2. The 1976 album mirrored the earlier success by also reaching No.1 in the UK Charts.[9] This album featured the group's first No.1 single "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)", which had been released since the previous compilation.

This album was released on the newly founded H&L Records, which had been formed after the break-up of Avco Records, The Stylistics being their biggest act.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"   3:13
2. "Hey Girl, Come and Get It"   3:30
3. "Sixteen Bars"   3:40
4. "The Miracle" (featuring Airrion Love & Russell Thompkins, Jr.) 4:22
5. "Love Is the Answer"   3:00
6. "You Are Beautiful" (featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr. & Airrion Love) 4:08
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Can't Help Falling in Love"   3:16
8. "Sing Baby Sing"   2:50
9. "Star on a TV Show"   4:10
10. "Na-Na Is the Saddest Word"   2:58
11. "Thank You Baby" (featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr. & Airrion Love) 3:43
12. "Funky Weekend"   3:14

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[7] 1976 1

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
20 Greatest Hits by Tom Jones
Once Upon a Star by Bay City Rollers
Horizon by The Carpenters
UK number-one album
(Volume I)

19 April 1975 – 26 April 1975
21 May 1975 – 21 June 1975
16 August 1975 – 23 August 1975
Succeeded by
Once Upon a Star by Bay City Rollers
Venus and Mars by Wings
Atlantic Crossing by Rod Stewart
Preceded by
20 Golden Greats
by The Beach Boys
UK number-one album
(Volume II)

2 October 1976
Succeeded by
Stupidity by Dr. Feelgood