I GUESS BY NOW, MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS HISTORICAL WEEK. OBAMA WON THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE AGAINST MCCAIN AND NOW Q-TIP'S LONG-AWAITED ALBUM IS IN STORES NOW. Q-TIP HAS BEEN AWAY FOR AWHILE, BUT HAS BEEN TOURING WITH COMMON AND OTHER ARTISTS ON THE BOUNCE TOUR. HE HAS ALSO DEVELOPED A NEW FOLLOWING IN ADDITION TO HIS CURRENT FANS. HIS SINGLE "GETTIN UP" HAS BEEN ON THE VIDEO SCENE AND RADIO STATIONS ALL ACROSS THE NATION. SPEAKING OF "GETTIN UP", I FOUND MYSELF GETTIN UP TO RESEARCH THE SAMPLE LIST WITHIN THE ALBUM'S LINER NOTES AND FOUND THAT THE UNDERLYING SAMPLE WAS BY THE GROUP CALLED BLACK IVORY.
THE NAME OF THE SONG IS CALLED "YOU & I", WHICH WAS FOUND ON THE 1972 ALBUM "DON'T TURN AROUND". This New York City group attained a strong following in the '70s and were one of the best falsetto-led groups proficient in ballads. This 1993 set compiles tracks from their first two albums, both released in 1972. Unlike the Phil Perry-led Montclairs, who often seemed on the verge of nervous collapse, Black Ivory were a little more poised and polished. Despite the level of skill of Leroy Burgess' falsetto, and the close harmonies of Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson, the group was patently hit or miss. "Don't Turn Around" and "Time Is Love" both exemplify the sweetness and haunting sound of the group. The phenomenal self-pity classic "I'll Find a Way" has the great and funny lyric "I'm the loneliest man in town." Not surprisingly, this has its fair share of duds. Tracks "Wishful Thinking," "Loveland," and "I Keep Asking You Questions" are well sung but faceless. The odd "Our Future" doesn't even feature singing, but "supercool" conversation that was an unfortunate given for most R&B groups in the early '70s. For fans, all of these songs and more are known, but this set also includes something different. The group's best-known song, "You & I," shows up here in a newer version with telltale late-'80s synths. While not as strong as the original, it won't make a fan snap the CD in two. Like many '90s Golden Classics releases, this isn't a greatest-hits collection but rather one of individual album efforts. Regardless what the title is, this is worth picking up.
Attached are both Q-Tip's "Gettin Up" and Black Ivory's "You & I. Once again, make the old new!!!
Black Ivory "You & I"
Q-Tip - "Gettin Up"