Stylistics - The Stylistics
The Stylistics were formed in 1968 from a union of two Philadelphia groups, The Monarchs and The Percussions. After being well received regionally, they signed to Avco and were put under the artistic control of producer Thom Bell, who had recently enjoyed great success with The Delfonics. With his writing partner Linda Creed, Bell fashioned a remarkable set of high-soul dramas for the group, all built around lead singer Russell Thompkins Jr’s unmistakable falsetto vocals.
Their debut album set a benchmark for sugary soul in the 70s, yet it is not a straightforward cavort around the bedroom. Portraying the group in long grass on the cover in their casual threads, this is a million miles removed from their incarnation as frilly-shirted, dinner-suited soulsters who became so popular in the UK a handful of years later.
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