The Stylistics (album)

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The Stylistics
Studio album by The Stylistics
Released November 6, 1971
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 29:24
Label Avco
AV 33023
Producer Thom Bell
The Stylistics chronology
The Stylistics
(1971)
Round 2
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
BBC (favorable) [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]

The Stylistics is the debut album recorded by American R&B group The Stylistics, released in November 1971 on the Avco record label. It was produced by Thom Bell and recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. The album has been called "a sweet soul landmark…".[4]

History[edit]

The album reached No.23 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the R&B albums chart. It features the hit singles "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "You Are Everything", "People Make the World Go Round", "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", and "You're a Big Girl Now". All five singles reached the top-ten on the R&B charts, beginning a stretch of twelve top-ten hits in a row. "Betcha by Golly, Wow" and "You Are Everything" also reached the top-ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"   2:54
2. "Point of No Return"   2:45
3. "Betcha by Golly, Wow"   3:47
4. "Country Living"   2:57
5. "You're a Big Girl Now" (Marty Bryant, Robert Douglas) 3:14
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "You Are Everything"   2:55
7. "People Make the World Go Round"   6:26
8. "Ebony Eyes"   2:21
9. "If I Love You"   2:05

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. – lead vocals
  • Airrion Love, James Smith, Herb Murrell, James Dunn – vocals
  • Linda Creed, Barbara Ingram – background vocals
  • Norman Harris, Roland Chambers – guitar
  • Ronnie Baker – bass
  • Earl Young – drums
  • Larry Washington – congas
  • Vince Montana – percussion
  • Lenny Pakula – piano, organ
  • Joe DeAngelis, Stephanie Fauber, Robert Martin – French horn
  • Rocco Bene, Bobby Hartzell – trumpet
  • Jack Faith – alto saxophone, flute
  • George Shaw – flute
  • Vincent Forchetti, Bob Moore, Richard Genevese – trombone
  • Don Renaldo, Tony Sinagoga, Albert Berone, Rudy Malizia, Angelo Pretrella, Romeo Di Stefano, Charles Apollonia, Davis Barnett, Richard Jones, Herschel Wise – strings
  • Mary Gale – harp
  • Fredric Cohen – oboe

Charts[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
[5]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 23
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 3
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
US
A/C

[5]
UK
[6]
1971 "You're a Big Girl Now" 73 7
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" 39 6
"You Are Everything" 9 10 24
1972 "Betcha by Golly, Wow" 3 2 7 13
"People Make the World Go Round" 25 6 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. The Stylistics review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Easlea, Daryl. "The Stylistics review". BBC Music. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Stylistics review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  4. ^ BBC Music Review by Daryl Easlea. The album was featured on Trevor Nelson's Radio 2 show, 1 December 2010
  5. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Stylistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  6. ^ "UK Charts > The Stylistics". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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