Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Intruders ”Save The Children”

The Intruders

Save The Children”
( LP Gamble Records, 1973 )
Catalog # KZ 31991
Also on Philadelphia International Records
Catalog # ZX 31991

A1 Save The Children (6:58)
A2 Mother And Child Reunion (4:04)
A3 I Wanna Know Your Name (5:49)
A4 To Be Happy Is The Real (3:28)
B1 I’ll Always Love My Mama (6:36)
B2 Memories Are Here To Stay (3:15)
B3 Teardrops (5:07)
B4 Hang On In There (3:21)

Arranged By – Bobby Martin (tracks: A4, B1 to B4),
Lenny Pakula (tracks: A1, A2), Norman Harris (tracks: A3)
Photography – Don Hunstein
Photography, Artwork By [Design] – Ed Lee
Producer – Gamble-Huff

Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Recording Labs, Philadelphia, Pa.
Format:Vinyl, LP

No argument — this is the best Intruders album, other than their greatest-hits compilations, ever released. Little Sonny (Sam Brown) returns to join his buddies, Phil Terry, Eugene “Big Sonny” Daugherty, and Robert “Bird” Edwards, after an unexplained hiatus. “Save the Children” is a socially significant floater where the guys’ voices ride the waves of MFSB’s fantastic sound. Gamble and Huff spotlight the return of Little Sonny on “I Wanna Know Your Name”; the song employs a convincing rap by the singer. It also became a popular remake, as versions by the Force MD’s and Wallace & Scotty (of the Whispers) have since been waxed. “To Be Happy Is the Real Thing” and “Hang On In There” are two upbeat, positive-thinking songs that make you feel better about yourself. The Philadelphians reveal their doo wop roots by doing a credible rendition of Lee Andrews and the Hearts’ “Teardrops.” The cream is the spirited, tear-inducing “I Always Love My Mama,” the best mama song ever. The Intruders rap about their teen years during the break before the song builds to a frantic end. A mellow rendition of Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion” shows the group’s versatility.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)

As the first group to score hits with the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Intruders played a major role in the rise of Philadelphia soul, but are sometimes lost in the shuffle amid better-known acts like the O’Jays or Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The Intruders were originally formed as a doo wop group in 1960, and sang around Philadelphia for several years. Lead singer Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, Eugene “Bird” Daughtry, Phil Terry, and Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards signed with Gamble and Huff’s fledgling Gamble label in 1966. They scored a Top 20 R&B hit that year with “(We’ll Be) United,” and followed it up a year later with “Together,” as well as their first album, The Intruders Are Together. 1968, though, was the Intruders‘ breakthrough year: “Cowboys to Girls,” a template for what would become Philly soul’s trademark sound, topped the R&B charts and climbed to number six on the pop side, giving the group their biggest hit. The follow-up, “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game,” was their only other Top 40 pop hit, and the accompanying LP, Cowboys to Girls, wound up their most popular.
Gamble and Huff’s success with the Intruders helped convince Columbia to grant them the money to launch Philadelphia International, which became the most successful soul label of the early ’70s. The Intruders, meanwhile, were undergoing some internal turmoil; when they resurfaced on the 1970 Gamble LP When We Get Married, lead singer “Little Sonny” Brown had been replaced by nightclub singer Bobby Starr (born Robert Ferguson). The title cut, a Dreamlovers cover, was a hit on the R&B charts, as was the follow-up, “(Win, Place or Show) She’s a Winner.” Starr’s tenure with the group was short-lived; Brown returned for the 1973 LP Save the Children, which spawned the Intruders‘ last two big hits, “I’ll Always Love My Mama” and “I Wanna Know Your Name.” For the 1974 follow-up, Energy of Love, the Intruders were switched from the Gamble imprint to the Philly International subsidiary TSOP; however, it was less successful than the quartet’s previous releases, and they disbanded in 1975. Eugene Daughtry formed a new lineup in 1984 (without any other original members); they recorded an album titled Who Do You Love? for the U.K. imprint Streetwave before disbanding once again. Daughtry passed away in 1994 after a bout with cancer, while Brown unfortunately committed suicide following years of drug and alcohol problems. Bobby Starr, meanwhile, continued to lead another version of the group that features no other original Intruders.
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