Yours Forever is the fifth studio album by Atlantic Starr. This album featured the hit single "Touch A Four Leaf Clover." The same song was later remade by Erykah Badu on her neo-soul-defining debut album â€œBaduizmâ€. Yours Forever was the last album to feature Sharon Bryant as a lead vocalist before she departed the group to pursue a solo career.
The Dramatics - Anytime, Anyplace. The Dramatics were originally formed in 1962 as The Dynamics but became later known as they change their name to The Dramatics. They scored their first minor hit single, "All Because of You." (No.42 in the Billboard Charts). In 1968 The Dramatics were signed to Stax-Volt Records.However, the group did not break through until their 1971 single, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," which broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was their first million selling album, which was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971. The members at that time were Ron Banks, William "Wee Gee" Howard, Elbert Wilkins, (unfortunately all died) Willie Ford, Larry Demps and keyboardist James Mack Brown (who died in 2008 at age 58). Shortly after the success of their first album, Howard and Wilkins left the group. They were replaced by L.J.Reynolds and Leonard "Lenny" Mayes. Through the 1970s, the group appeared on Soul Train and continued to have hits, including the #1 R&B hit, "In the Rain", "Toast to the Fool", "Me and Mrs. Jones" (originally by Billy Paul), "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl." "In the Rain" also sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The Dramatics' success continued with mainly R&B Top 20 hits during the heyday of disco, cracking the R&B Top Ten just once more with â€œWelcome Back Homeâ€ in 1980. In 1981, Reynolds went solo and the group disbanded after Banks went solo in 1983. The group managed to stay active, reuniting to record new material every three or four years since the early 80s. They occasionally reunite for concert events.
The Dramatics - 10½. The Dramatics album was released in 1980 and never reissued on CD before. It contains strong soulbased vocal tracks and wonderful harmonies, but also the uptempo tunes are good and have breakout moments that sparkle beautifully. By the time 10½ came out, the Dramatics were trying to hold on to their vocal group sound, which can be heard on the title "Music Is The Peoples Choice" that actually starts off like the Baretta theme before going into a 80's party song with a drum and percussion break in the middle.The rest sounds like Barry White in arrangement and "Love Is Here" even starts off with a deep baritone talk over. Ballads actually sparkle the best here like "Welcome Back Home", which was a Top 10 hit for The Dramatics. The best cut is: "It Ain't Rainin' (On Nobody's House But Mine)". These kind of power ballads made the group famous.The production was done by Ron Banks (4 tracks) and L.J. Reynold (4 tracks) and the executive producer was Don Davis.
After the album "Brilliance" PTG records decided to release also the third album and their first hit album of "Atlantic Starr - Radiant". A great album with the known hits: "When Love Calls" & "Send for me". But not only these 2 tracks are great; listen to the complete album. It wasn't a surprise this was the first hit album of Atlantic Starr!!