While the Persuaders second LP doesn't contain any thing as cold-blooded as "Thin Line Between Love And Hate," or the magnitude of the syncopated "Loves Gonna Pack Up," it's a more even affair than their debut. "Peace In The Valley Of Love" gets under your skin, you appreciate it, the more you hear the soothing, floater. "Bad, Bold And Beautiful Girl," is the complete opposite, it's boisterous, with a noisy sounding track, and some of the hokiest bass singing since the 50's. The dreamy "What Is The Definition Of Love," understated beauty is a quiet storm, Smokey Douglas, shows he can handle the subtle leads, as well as the in your face sagas. "You Still Love Me (After All You've Been Through)" packs a New York wallop, the theatrical drama comes complete with a man to woman rap, and as-if-somebody-died backing vocals by the Persuaders. Smokey recites a laundry list of ordeals that he's put his woman through and sounds surprise when he sings You Still Love Me, You Still Love Me, After All, You've Been Through.
Persuaders, The – S/T – Used LP
Vinyl: VG+ (beauty but slight warp, only played once and played fine, was sealed, just opened to check for warping and free from shrink so it could go where it belongs--spinning.
Sleeve: VG (beauty but sawcut cutout into spine and some corner crush)
Original 1973 issue (oddly never reissued on vinyl)
This S/T 1973 set was actually their second album for this New York outfit, follow up to Thin Line Between Love and Hate LP. Not far from the soul from the city of Brotherly Love to the immediate south, but also fitting in with other New York outfits, with the doo wop influence perhaps more present than from the soul of other cities in the early 1970s, heavy as the promise of love and cool as a breeze, soulful, slick and smooth as silk, includes some essential waterbed soul, and staying strong through both sides, the second side opening with a banger called "Bad, Bold and Beautiful Girl," including a stunning reading of "I Want to Make it With You," a version of the 1970 hit song "Make it With You" by Bread (but the credits going to the writers of The Royal Collection's 1969 "I Want To Make It With You" and along with using the integrated Royal Collection's full song title and making this a soulful funky affair like the Royal Collection song, this was perhaps trying to point out that Bread had plagiarized, and since the Royal Collection song was on Cotillion, I can't help if Atlantic was trying to stir up some good trouble), this whole set full of warmth and welcoming as an invitation, but also street sm.art and strong as New York, visions of the cement outside as the curtains lift on a warm summer breeze. -- winch