With “Ready or Not Here I Come” only getting to #35 for one week in January 1969, The Delfoncs’ Sound of Sexy Soul is a prime example of an overlooked classic by a largely overlooked artist. Sure there was “Didn’t I” on their self titled release, and “La La Means I Love You” on the same release as the hit, but there were other intriguing songs that were not played. “Let it be Me” and “Scarborough Fair” sound like pretty bizarre choices, but are done quite well here. The Delfonics are my favorite R&B artist and all I can do is try to inform the masses of how good they are. The Stylistics, also from Philly, came after The Delfonics, but had more hits and more appreciation. They also had the same sitar sound that came from here.
Another great song I heard on a collection first is “Somebody Loves You”. This is an excellent song that is part of the reason this whole release is so good. Another cover “Ain’t That Peculiar” is also a very good song. Yet another is “Going Out of My Head” that sounds very interesting on here. “Hot Dog (I Love You So)” might sound like a goofy song title, but it really is a great song. “Face it Girl it’s Over” is a really strong song you have to hear on this release or not at all.
“Everytime I See My Baby” is as good as more well known songs. Doing so many solid songs is what made them great. “With These Hands” has the usual slow burn that makes for some classic obscure R&B listening.”You Can’t be Lovin’ Him” has a me or nothing attitude that I wish worked for me. It seems it is always him in my case. ”My New Love” is another solid slow groove they were so good at. Even more obscure listening is “Tell Me This is a Dream” which had no hits, but was loaded with great songs. Four and a third stars for ‘Sound of Sexy Soul’. The Delfonics are: brothers William Hart and Wilbert Hart, along with Randy Cain from Philadelphia, PA.
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