Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Performers Dramatics

Stax | September 13, 2011 | Compact Disc

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The Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchy horn arrangement and some of the best fuzztone guitar heard on a hit record since the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." The Afro-Cuban-flavored "Get Up and Get Down" followed it into the R&B Top 20, and the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album followed them both. It was the third hit off of the album, "In the Rain," a delicate ballad that was issued separately as a single in early 1972, topping the R&B charts and reaching number five on the pop charts, that solidified the group's reputation and elevated them to the front rank of '70s soul acts. The album showcased the group equally well doing uptempo dance numbers ("Mary Don't Cha Wanna") and ballads ("Thank You for Your Love," "Fall in Love, Lady Love"), melding very attractive vocals to arrangements that instantly grabbed the listener, all of it pulled together by songwriter/producer Tony Hester. Even the lesser material, such as "Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)" -- on which Hester knew that one-minute-and-34-seconds was all that was needed to make its point -- were so attractive and rousing that they easily carried their portion of the album, whose short running time was its only flaw. All of the members, from Willie Ford's powerful bass to Ron Banks' airy falsetto, were presented to best advantage, but none more so than William "Wee Gee" Howard's lead vocals; ironically, this would be Howard's only completed album with the group, and their only album for two years to come because of the accompanying personnel problems. Still, it's a match for any soul album of its era. [In 2001, the album was reissued with the addition of all of 1973's album A Dramatic Experience.] ~ Bruce Eder

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 13, 2011

Genre: Soul

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Stax

UPC: 888072331761

Found in: Soul

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Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Performers Dramatics

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 13, 2011

Genre: Soul

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Stax

UPC: 888072331761


Title Track Time
1.Get Up and Get Down --
2.Thank You for Your Love --
3.Hot Pants in the Summertime --
4.Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get --
5.In the Rain --
6.Gimme Some (Good Soul Music) --
7.Fall in Love, Lady Love --
8.Mary Don't Cha Wanna --
9.Devil Is Dope --
10.You Could Become the Very Heart of Me --
11.Now You Got Me Loving You --
12.Fell for You --
13.Jim, What's Wrong with Him? --
14.Hey You! Get off My Mountain --
15.Beautiful People --
16.Beware of the Man (With the Candy in His Hand) --
17.Stand Up Clap Your Hands --
18.Hum a Song (From Your Heart) --

Editorial Notes

The Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchy horn arrangement and some of the best fuzztone guitar heard on a hit record since the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." The Afro-Cuban-flavored "Get Up and Get Down" followed it into the R&B Top 20, and the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album followed them both. It was the third hit off of the album, "In the Rain," a delicate ballad that was issued separately as a single in early 1972, topping the R&B charts and reaching number five on the pop charts, that solidified the group's reputation and elevated them to the front rank of '70s soul acts. The album showcased the group equally well doing uptempo dance numbers ("Mary Don't Cha Wanna") and ballads ("Thank You for Your Love," "Fall in Love, Lady Love"), melding very attractive vocals to arrangements that instantly grabbed the listener, all of it pulled together by songwriter/producer Tony Hester. Even the lesser material, such as "Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)" -- on which Hester knew that one-minute-and-34-seconds was all that was needed to make its point -- were so attractive and rousing that they easily carried their portion of the album, whose short running time was its only flaw. All of the members, from Willie Ford's powerful bass to Ron Banks' airy falsetto, were presented to best advantage, but none more so than William "Wee Gee" Howard's lead vocals; ironically, this would be Howard's only completed album with the group, and their only album for two years to come because of the accompanying personnel problems. Still, it's a match for any soul album of its era. [In 2001, the album was reissued with the addition of all of 1973's album A Dramatic Experience.] ~ Bruce Eder