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Get on Up & Get Away
Genres: Pop, R&B
First-ever CD compilation for one of the best soul acts to come out of Chicago in the '60s. Includes virtually all of the masters the close-harmony, falsetto-led group cut for the late Bill 'Bunky' Shepp from 1967-1969, in... more »
First-ever CD compilation for one of the best soul acts to come out of Chicago in the '60s. Includes virtually all of the masters the close-harmony, falsetto-led group cut for the late Bill 'Bunky' Shepp from 1967-1969, including the hits 'Get On Up', 'And Get Away', plus 'You Say', 'Things Won't Be The Same' and 'Groovin''. 23 tracks total. 1998 Westside release. The full title is 'Get On Up... And Get Away With The Esquires'.
They did get up and got away
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 05/19/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The sweet soul sound of the Esquires found a commercial audience for a brief period in the mid-sixties headed up by their catchy "Get On Up", a tune that just missed the pop top-10 in the summer of '67. A respectable showing for the follow-up tune, "And Get Away" was followed by just one more tune that scraped the bottom of the pop charts, "You've Got The Power". A few of their other singles did manage to register on the r'n'b charts but the success of "Get On Up" was never to be repeated. This collection from Westside in the U.K. gathers up many of their recordings done for several of the labels for which they recorded during the later 60's. It is the most comprehensive treatment of the groups musical output and also the most competent, production-wise. Other Esquires CD's have appeared but this is by far the best to come along and is worth seeking out in preference to others that may be more readily available. Within the generous 23 tracks included are the above-mentioned pop charting singles, their r'n'b charting singles, failed singles and a few album cuts. Sound quality is good overall with many tracks in stereo (1,3,6,7,9,13-16,18,23), the remainder in mono. Without specifying which ones, the producers acknowledge that some tracks have been lifted from vinyl but there is no objectionable noise to be found. Finishing up the piece is a detailed history of the group contributed by Bill Dahl. For the fan considering purchase of an Esquires CD, this is the top choice."