Man, Oh Man contains 14 tracks culled from The Persuasions’ three 1971/72 albums for Capitol Records (We Came To Play, Street Corner Symphony & Spread The Word). This is true, soul a cappella – using “no instruments other than the human voice” as their albums often state. Their talent is unquestionable, but The Persuasions would gain worldwide recognition by covering an unusual array of artists as diverse as The Grateful Dead and Frank Zappa. In fact, Zappa was an early supporter of the band, whose doo-wop roots mirrored some of Frank’s own early inspirations. In the early 1970s, The Persuasions were already covering a lot of stylistic ground. Alongside material from Curtis Mayfield, Motown’s Whitfield/Strong and Sam Cooke, they would routinely include far-flung covers like Dylan’s “Three Angels” and Joe South’s “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home.” Their Temptations Medley alone proves The Persuasions were second to no group of singers, and this collection is as good a place as any to experience their magic. Amazon.
Man, Oh Man
Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home
I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
People Get Ready
When I Leave These Prison Walls
Don’t Look Back/Runaway Child, Running Wild/Cloud Nine
When Jesus Comes