Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
I Would Give Anything For The CD Version...
Enlightened | Atlanta Georgia | 07/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just recently 'rediscovered' this album (on tape version) while doing some cleaning up and moving around. I had forgotten all about this one here, but one play instantly reminded me of how much I love the SOS Band. Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, this funk group produced many classic grooves and hits for the eighties. This fourth album was the lead singer's, Mary Davis, last outing with the group. I can tell you that this is classic summertime music. 'The Finest' is just a great song. "After all that we've been through
Time won't change the way I feel about you
out of all the loves before
you're the finest I've ever known"Everybody that was alive in 86 knows that song. That's the jam right there. 'Even When YOu Sleep' was another instantly enjoyable groove. "Even when you sleep/ you know that I'm there
to hug and keep you warm/ and soothe you while you're dreaming
a twinkle in your mind/ should bring back lots of joy
sweet dreams my love will always be yours when you sleep" Another Jam.The group focused mostly on the midtempo jams such as that one and Mary Davis had the smoothest voice to perfectly compliment these tracks. They could also get down with dance grooves and ballads, don't be mistaken. Every song is a classic. The title track, Nothing But The Best, No Lies, Borrowed Love, Two time Lover. This is an absolute must have, get this one anyway that you can and by all means necessary, no matter the consequences."
Nothing But The Finest
Andre' S Grindle | Bangor,ME. | 07/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The S.O.S Band are not usually an AOR-oriented group but
'Sands Of Time' is one of their very finest overall albums,without the usual aimless filler or mundane ballad material.A nice mixture of synthesized funk and real instrumentation with Mary Davis giving the vocals her all on this,her swansong with the band."Every Time You Sleep" and the title song are smoldering midtempo synth funk,as with the whole
album dyamically produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.The hits,
including the muscular dance-funk of "Borrowed Love",The Finest"
and the heavily Time/Minneapolis-influenced "No Lies" all burn
with high energy verse from start to finish!Ditto for two
non-hits "Nothing But The Best" and "Do You Still Want To?".
Then there's "Two Time Lover",a uniquely arranged piece of
music with some unexpected grace notes and an unpredictable tempo.It's probably the finest thing on the album!All that being
said all eight songs on this album are upbeat,energetic,dancable
and extremely well written and performed.That's a whole lot more
then I can say not only for this group but for R&B,funk and pop
music in general in 1986-there were plenty of great songs out there just not a whole lot of great albums.Well a trip with
the SOS Band to 'Sands Of Time' will dispell that notion in a hurry!"
The Sound of Soul
Armando M. Mesa | Chandler, AZ | 02/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The SOS Band ( Sounds of Success) were at their peak with this 1986 smash R&B release...Unfortunately, it would be their last collaboration as the group would lose some of it's original members and lead singer as well (Mary Davis went on to pursue a solo career which never captured fans like her work with the group)!The SOS Band was catapulted to hot R&B Funk status at this point in time... not just on their sheer talent alone but by the smooth and ingenious production and writing by former Time band members Jam and Lewis. The sound was Minneapolis' own brew of catchy melodic hooks and sassy lyrics backed by electronic synthesized soul and plenty of rhytmic drum and bass...The best track was the popular hit The Finest; a mid tempo dance tune set to some of the most seductive and captivating vocals as well as instrumentation! Unfortunately, this is SADLY an out of print c.d. that can only be found as a used title now. Lucky I bought an original pressing back in the late 80's when this title was committed to the digital format..."