RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN – Take It To The Limit/Mood For Lovin’ – EXP2CD40

RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN – Take It To The Limit/Mood For Lovin’ – EXP2CD40


October 7th, 2014



Take It To The Limit
(Baby) Let’s Make Love Tonight
Good Love
Celebrate Our Love
Why Must I Wait
Waiting For Dawn
We’ve Got Tonight
Someone’s Missing Your Love
Where Did You Get That Body… Baby?
Mood For Lovin
Where Are You Now?
Say it
Next Time I’ll Know
Never Stop Lovin’ You
Don’t Make Me Wait

PROFILE: Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown previously recorded as The Moments, their Stateside hits including “Love On A Two-Way Street”, Sexy Mama” and “Look At Me”.
Here in the UK they made Top 10 in the national charts with “Girls” and “Dolly My Love” while the soul scene still spin their 1976 single “Nine Times”, another record for Sylvia Robinson’s Stang label before the group’s name transition to Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1978 for contractual reasons. The Moments had included prior members since forming in Washington in the 1960, but when Sylvia’s Sugarhill label was on a roll, Harry Ray would also record briefly as a solo artist, “Love Is A Game” being the song from that period he is best remembered for.
After four albums at Polydor and an independently released project for Panoramic Records, the group arrived at EMI’s American operation for the two albums we present here. Ray Goodman & Brown were now signed with Hush Productions, themselves busy within EMI with other artists including Lillo Thomas, Paul Lawrence, Melba Moore and Beau Williams among others. Their creative team brought to these albums soul music’s soundtrack of the times and indeed much of the Hush flavour that works most favourably here on outstanding ballads and mellow grooves.
Adding Greg Willis to the second EMI recording, the group further excelled and defined the moment with a classic, “Where Did You Get That Body Baby”, co-written by the group’s new member who became a featured vocalist too.
By the late 80s soul music had become ‘electrified’, possibly the inspiration for the Garry Glenn composition which embraced the elements while maintaining the quality that contributes significantly to the longevity of these albums.

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