A very rare LP on a large label (Sugar Hill) which is a bit strange. The label probably had financial troubles so the record was not pressed in large quantities. First Class were a superb sweet soul group; their problem was that they did not write any material of their own which made them very much dependent on others: they were not in control of their own career. This record is almost a track by track reissue of the 1977 (and very rare) LP "They call this group First Class", sporting an ugly white cover. Musically it is great Philly Soul , with personal faves being the ballads "Let's make love", "Lucky me", and theit take on "Going out of my head".
Hans found this one at a record fair and was intrigued by the song choices, with covers of Barbara Lynn, Joe Simon and Shirley Brown. Some research found that this is actually a South African group, with local legend Babsy Mlangeni as the male lead singer. Soundwise it is a primitive affair, with recognizable South African influences integrated in the soul sound. Best track is a superb cover of Shirley Brown’s “Woman to woman”, while Barbara Lynn’s “Until then I’ll suffer” gets a credible treatment by female lead Pam Machine. The latter song also sports a sublime cheesy organ in the background. Overall the backing vocals are ultra soulful with that African vibe. This LP was also released in South Africa with another cover picture.