Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford – Early Years And Unheard Pearls 1970-1973 – CD Album – IN STOCK NOW !!


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Hodges, James, Smith and often Carolyn Crawford were so soulful in their early years – these unreleased gems will cement their fine reputation.

Hodges, James, Smith (& Crawford) are one of the last great 70s girl groups to be compiled. The reason for the strange billing is that they were formed in 1970, had a release as Hodges, James & Smith, then as Love ‘N’ Stuff. Ex-Motown starlet Carolyn Crawford joined in late 1971 for two singles before departing amicably in late 1972, leaving Pat Hodges, Denita James and Jessica Smith to continue as a trio.

The early 45s are excellent and have long been admired, but the tracks found in the vault are superb and make this a must-buy for lovers of the girl soul group sound. Highlights include the two M’Pingo 45s when they were a quartet and the unissued dancers ‘Wishful Thinking’, ‘What Made You Think’, ‘Nothing Special In You’ and the sexy ‘In My Fantasy’. Pre-release plays of these at the 100 Club and on On-liners have been very well received indeed.

The girls were also great purveyors of powerful ballads such as in ‘Baby My Love Is Showing’, ‘I’m A Woman’ and ‘Never Meant To Be’. The songs and production are from Mickey Stevenson, Clarence Paul, Ronnie McNeir, Leon Ware, Ernie Shelby and other talented musicians from the Detroit and Los Angeles scenes of the early 70s.

Writers Rudy Calvo and A. Scott Galloway have conducted new interviews with Mickey Stevenson, Pat Hodges, Carolyn Crawford and Ronnie McNeir to tell the full story in the CD package. Carolyn Crawford has also supplied the only known photos of the group as a foursome.


Track Listing

Disc 1

No. Track Preview
01. Wishful Thinking Listen
02. Let's Pick Up The Pieces Listen
03. Somewhere A Valley Listen
04. Write Me A Letter Listen
05. What Made You Think Listen
06. Nothing Special In You Boy Listen
07. I'm In Love Listen
08. Ain't That Right Listen
09. Nobody Listen
10. In My Fantasy Listen
11. I'm A Woman (Who Loves You) Listen
12. (It Was) Never Meant To Be Listen
13. (I Wanna Be A) Hang Up To You Listen
14. Let It Out, Let It In Listen
15. Right On, Brothers, Right On Listen
16. It Cracks Me Up Listen
17. (Baby) Don't Leave Me Listen
18. Baby My Love Is Showing Listen
19. Again Listen
20. I've Gotta Be Me Listen
21. If You Wanna Love Me Listen

Additional information

input date 22nd June 2021

Hodges, James, Smith & Crawford




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