Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Futures - Past, Present And The Futures (P.I.R. Rec.1978)

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The Futures
''Past, Present And The Futures''
( LP Philadelphia International Records, 1978 )
Catalog # JZ 35458

Vocal Philly soul quintet. Formed in the late '60s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, U.S.
Released three albums before disbanding.

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Party Time Man
Backing Vocals – Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Evette Benton
Producer – Sherman Marshall
Written-By – S. Marshall, T. Wortham 5:14
A2 Ain't No Time Fa Nothing
Producer – Charles B. Simmons, Joseph B. Jefferson
Written-By – C. B. Simmons, J. B. Jefferson 5:32
A3 Deep Inside Of Me
Producer – Cynthia Biggs, Kenneth Gamble, Ted Wortham
Written-By – C. Gilbert, C. Biggs, T. Wortham 4:58
A4 Sunshine And You
Producer – Douglas Brown, Terry Price, William Bloom
Written-By – D. Brown, T. Price, T. Wallington, W. Bloom 3:41
B1 Come To Me (When Your Love Is Down)
Producer – Charles B. Simmons, Joseph B. Jefferson
Written-By – C. B. Simmons, J. B. Jefferson, R. Roebuck 4:48
B2 You Got It (The Love That I Need)
Producer – Douglas Brown, William Bloom
Written-By – D. Brown, T. Price, W. Bloom 4:57
B3 (You're The One) Someone Special
Producer – Carl Gamble, Franki Smith, John L. Usry, Jr.
Written-By – B. Rivers, C. Gamble, F. Smith 4:17
B4 I Wanna Know; Is It Over
Producer – Douglas Brown, Frankie Smith, William Bloom
Written-By – D. Brown, F. Smith 4:30

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By – Jack Faith (tracks: A3, B1, B4), John L. Usry, Jr. (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3)
Bass – James Williams, Michael "Sugarbear" Foreman
Congas – David Cruse
Design – Ed Lee
Drums – Quinton Joseph
Engineer – Art Stoppe, Jay Mark, Jim Gallagher, Kenny Present
Engineer [Assistant] – Dirk Devlin, Jeffrey Stewart, Jim Dougherty, Peter Humphreys
Guitar – Bobby Eli, Darnell Jordan, Dennis Harris, Roland Chambers
Keyboards – Joseph B. Jefferson, Leon Huff, Ted Wortham, William Bloom
Organ – James Sigler
Performer [Uncredited] [The Futures Are] – Frank Washington, Harry McGilberry,
James King, John King, Kenny Crew
Photography By – Jim Houghton
Strings, Horns – Don Renaldo And His Strings And Horns

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''Ain't No Time Fa Nothing''

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recording hits since 1968
This album is dedicated to the memory of Richard E. Wright. We'd like to thank Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff for their guidance, inspiration and the best artist development in the business, to the entire staff at Philadelphia International Records, our parents, families and friends who have stuck with us through the years. Special thanks go to Hank McCrary, Jean Scott and Lon Fontaine. Above all, we thank "The Creator".

Biography by Andrew Hamilton (AMG):
One of Philadelphia's finest groups, the Futures made good music, but Lady Luck refused to work her magic on them. Frank Washington, Kenny Crew, James King, John King, and Henry McGilberry emulated the Temptations. Amjo Records released their first single in 1970, "Breaking Up" b/w "Our Thing." Richard Wright (deceased) sang lead on the Amjo side along with other members that, with one or two exceptions, differed from the previously mentioned names. Avalanche Records reissued the Amjo single the following year. The next single, "Love Is Here," appeared on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Gamble label. It was a lovely Gamble and Huff song featuring a searing falsetto, McGilberry's deep bass, and weaving harmonies that only got spot play in a few cities; the Dramatics recorded an inferior version on their 10 1/2 album.
The Futures made a terrible career move when Gamble Records ended by signing with Buddah Records and missing a golden opportunity with Philadelphia International Records. Their first Buddah release, "(That's) The Way of a Woman in Love" b/w "Grade A Woman," dropped in January 1974 to a deafening silence. The second single, "No One Could Compare" b/w "You Better Be Careful," also failed to register. As they wallowed in obscurity, the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes bloomed on Philadelphia International and the Spinners and the Stylistics reaped the benefits of their productions.
Buddah released the Futures' third single, "Castles," June 1975, which continued the string of flops. They issued the Futures' first album, Castles in the Sky, in 1975, which didn't include the first two singles and its promotion was almost nonexistent. Barbara Mason wrote their final Buddah single, "We Got Love," prompting a poorly promoted tour with Philly's First Lady of Soul.
They reunited with Gamble and Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company's glory days were over. The first release, "Part Time Party Time Man," an energetic dancer with a terrific vocal, never charted high, yet was their most successful single. Its delightful successor, "Ain't No Time for Nothing," was succeeded by three more singles, including "Mr. Bojangles." Philadelphia International released two albums by the Futures: Past Present & the Futures and the obscure Greetings of Peace.
Warped Records issued the final Futures' recordings in 1982: "Let's Get to It" b/w "Young & Tender" and "Angel in Disguise" b/w "Betcha Come Back." McGilberry joined the Temptations in 1996, replacing Ray Davies, who replaced Melvin Franklin.


''Party Time Man'' 7''

Kudos to the producers, musicians, writers, and the Futures for this effort. The record business has problems when an invigorating dancer like "Part-Time Party Time Man," fails to bust the Top 40. It was a minor hit in the Philly/New York area but ignored virtually everywhere else. Felix Hernandez played it at his Rhythm Revue Dance in New York recently and had to add it to permanent rotation. The storyline is about a guy who works hard all week, then transforms into a party animal on the weekends. "Ain't No Time Fa Nothing," is an excellent dancer with a killer intro and hearty vocals. Their five-man lineup resembles the Temptations' voices, from falsetto to the uncannily low bass of Henry McGilberry, who joined the Temptations in 1996. "Deep Inside Me" features the same excellent falsetto that led to their first Gamble & Huff recording "Love Is Here" (not included here), on Gamble Records in 1972. They romance that special lady on "Sunshine and You" and "Someone Special," two warm floaters. Also included is "I Wanna Know: Is It Over," a hurtin' tune with a spoken intro and refined harmonies.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)


''Party Time Man'' 12''

About ''Party Time Man'' Original 12'' Inch Disco Single:
A full-on dancefloor number from one of the greatest vocal groups on Philly! "Party Time Man" steps out with a proud little groove that rivals the best disco tracks by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – complemented by some great harmony vocals as well! "You Got It" is mellower, but still pretty nice – and more of a showcase for the sweeter, stepping side of the group's groove.
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