"i grew up on the maurice white/earthh,wind&fire era emotions which wrecked things up.and a couple of years ago i found this disc and was equally blown away.with the stax crew and Issac hayes&david porter this set has great songs on it.anything by these women is a must have."
First Ladies of Memphis Shoals !
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 04/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It would be a mistake to call the EMOTIONS a one hit wonder group, however, let there be no mistake about it... SO I CAN LOVE YOU was definitely their greatest contribution to R & B... their first SINGLE for STAX, the first cut on this CD, its one of those tunes you might just find yourself playing over and over again... maybe you won't even make it past the first track... The other cuts represent great R & B too - - but to me they lack that five star distinction... anotherwords, you'll (well atleast I) enjoyed listening to them immensely but they lacked that edge that makes you play them over and over for days on end quality (even though tunes like SHOW ME HOW, WHEN TOMORROW COMES, YOU MAKE ME WANT TO LOVE YOU and TOYS TO BOYS can definitely beat almost any tune playing on the radio today)... So, if you're not already a huge fan, check out WATTSTAX (I forget if its I or II) - - and you can hear them do a great live performance of SO I CAN LOVE YOU) and also hear some of the other great soul groups of that era - - however, if you're simply looking to add another great soul group (and a few more great tunes) to your collection... you definitely won't be disappointed by this purchase."
Excellent examples of deliciously gritty, soul reaching R&B.
Andre M. | 09/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Emotions are a group that has stood the test of time. These earlier offerings by various heavy hitting producers are fine examples of vocal diversity. So I can love you is an absolute masterpiece(Written and sang by Sheila Hutchinson when she was just a teen)produced by Issac Hayes and Dave Porter,this cut perfectly blends The Emotions' sweet soft vocals with the more gritty Stax sound.The result is an R&B classic.Show me how is torch singing at it's finest,the harmonies are perfection.Put a little love away is the finest example of everyone singing the lead that I have ever heard.The genetic harmony is amazing.Shouting out love is a bouncy,souful gem that sounds as if it were released yesterday. I highly recommend this CD and this group to any lover of world class R&B."
B. Scott | New York, NY United States | 02/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The smooth, velvety, harmonic melodies sung by the Emotions has most definitely withstood the test of time. The Hutchison sisters (Sheila, Wanda, Jeanette, Pamela) and Teresa Davis (who replaced Jeanette breifly in 1970), got their start in the Gospel circuit and were later signed with Stax records and managed to score 14 hits, all of which are included here on "Chronicle."
"So I can Love You" was produced by Issac hayes and penned by Sheila peaking at #3 on the Billboard Soul charts and #39 on the Pop Charts in 1969. Another Hayes production, "The Best Part of A Love Affair" shows off the group's strong, tight harmonic trademark along with heartfelt lyrics; it was #27 on the R&B charts in 1969. One of my favorites, "Stealing Love" is a light, happy, upbeat tune also produced by Issac Hayes and in 1970 peaked at #40 on the R&B charts. "When Tomorrow Comes" offers great harmonic background which works well with the lead vocals. On "Heart Assocation" Sheila's voice really shines on lead along with the angelic voices of Wanda and Jeanette."You Make Me Want To Love Yo," while not my favorite, has it's own groovy thing happening. "Show Me How" is a great song which was also produced by Issac hayes and reached # 13 on the Soul chart and # 52 on the Pop single charts in 1972; it's cute spoken word opener sets the stage for this nicely paced love song. "My Honey and Me", a medium paced song that really didn't do it for me, I'm sure has found an audience somewhere out there.
"I Could Never Be Happy" is my absolute favorite!! The carefully crafted lyrics and melody for some reason reminds me of the Supremes hit "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," although this song is a lot more dynamic and soulful, along with the phrasing, which is carefully enunciated without being overdone; charting at #93 (US) in 1972. The fun tune "From Toys To Boys" which charted on Billboard Black Singles at #37, is the type of song that grows on you and before you know it you are bopping your head and tapping your feet. It has a pop feel, but for some reason didn't make it to the pop charts. It does however remind me of something the Honeycone would have recorded. "Runnin' Back & Forth" charted at #91 (R&B) in 1973 and with Wanda on the lead the syncopation and catchy lyrics makes it enjoyable. "Put A Little Love Away," peaked at #53 (R&B) and #91 (Pop) in 1974; clever lyrics and great orchestration makes this song memorable. "Baby I'm Through" is another favorite of mine and was originally released in 1974 where it peaked at #82 (R&B/Black Singles) and then again in 1978 at # 59 in the same category. Closing out the album is "Shouting Out Love," a Mavis Staple inspired song showcasing the group's mature sound, ultimately rising to # 31 on the R& B charts.
I really enjoyed this album and although there are a few songs that can be found on "Sunshine" , "Untouched",and "So I Can Love You", it is well worth having all of the Stax hits on one CD. The sound is even throughout the album and you almost don't want it to end. Add this to your collection and you won't be disappointed! "
Little Known Soul Classics from a Well-known group
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 07/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Some really beautiful, if obscure stuff from the Emotions' early days with Stax Records. "So I Can Love You" was DESERVEDLY a big hit in the South on Black radio stations in 1969, but is surprisingly not that well remembered today. This is a song you will not be able to play without repeating at least once! "Heart Association," with it's breathtaking climax and crescendo is a song you can really lose yourself into, especially if you have a headset on! "Shouting Out Loud" is the perfect song to put on after coming home from a hard day's work. You go girls!"