To Be True

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To Be True
Studio album by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Released February 1975
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 38:46
Label Philadelphia International
KZ 33148
Producer Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes chronology
Black & Blue
(1973)
To Be True
(1975)
Wake Up Everybody
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

To Be True is an album released by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes on the Philadelphia International record label in February 1975. It was produced by Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff.

The album features the hit singles "Bad Luck", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" with Sharon Paige, and "Where Are All My Friends". The album was remastered and reissued in 2007 by Sony Music Entertainment.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Where Are All My Friends"   Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead 3:22
2. "To Be True"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 4:42
3. "Pretty Flower"   Carstarphen, McFadden, Whitehead 5:42
4. "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" (Female vocal by Sharon Paige) Gamble, Huff 3:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Nobody Could Take Your Place"   Gamble, Huff 4:22
6. "Somewhere Down the Line"   Gamble, Huff 4:55
7. "Bad Luck"   Carstarphen, McFadden, Whitehead 6:29
8. "All Because of a Woman"   McFadden, Whitehead, Huff 5:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown, Jerry Cummings – vocals
  • Sharon Paige – female vocalist on "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon"
  • MFSB – music
  • Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Barbara Ingram, background vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
[3]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 26
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
Dance

[3]
1974 "Where Are All My Friends" 80 8 11
1975 "Bad Luck (Part 1)" 15 4 1
"Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" 42 1

Samples[edit]

Cyndi Lauper used an interpolation of "Where Are All My Friends" in the 2008 song "Set Your Heart" from her album Bring Ya to the Brink.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. To Be True review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "To Be True review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 

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