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Be With Records

Optimistics ‎– Optimistics

$45.00

Be With Records

Optimistics ‎– Optimistics

$45.00

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This is some serious top shelf material out of Baltimore and a certified masterclass in sweet symphonic soul. Optimistics was originally released in 1970 on Turbo and it’s every bit as essential as The Chi-Lites, The Delfonics and The Moments yet nowhere near as known. Those original copies are ridiculously rare and, of course, the prices are equally ridiculous.

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Optimistics is a killer LP throughout, beloved of discerning hip-hop producers worldwide and routinely championed by the legendary Pete Rock. The genius George Kerr has handled the production on what is an album of beautiful, naïve soul for mind and body. It’s bursting with goodness and, like the best of its genre, it radiates a heart-breaking ambience that cuts right to the core. The whole LP is a winning blend of slow, spine-tingling ballads and joyously upbeat tracks. It’s a case of A+ vocals, melodies and harmonies over beautiful playing and arrangements. It deserves to be canonical.

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This fresh reissue has been mastered with the usual care by Simon Francis and cut by the legendary Pete Norman. The artwork has been lovingly reproduced by the Be With team. Optimistics should be known to a much wider audience. We’ve hopefully gone some way towards rectifying that. – Light In The Attic

 

Label: Be With Records – BEWITH067LP

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 140g

Country: Europe

Released: 8 Nov 2019

Genre: Funk / Soul

Style: Soul