Les Humphries Singers -The Best Of (1992)

FrontCover1Not particularly popular in the USA, The Les Humphries Singers was a 1970s musical group formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969 by the English born Les Humphries who had been inspired to do his own version of the Edwin Hawkins Singers. The group consisted of a large number of singers of diverse ethnic origin, some of whom such as John Lawton also performed with other groups. Another member was Jürgen Drews, who later started a long-running solo career, starting with his 1976 hit in Germany, “Ein Bett im Kornfeld”, a cover version of “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers. Linda Thompson (born 21 September 1948 as Linda Übelherr), who had previously been a member of the Cornely Singers and Love Generation, was a member from 1973 to 1974, and later joined Silver Convention, and had a solo career as Linda G The Les Humphries Singers performed a mix of popular music and gospel covers and had some success in Europe with this approach.

LesHumphriesSingers01Much like contemporary disco act Boney M., their music focused on Rhythm and blues, gospel, and disco, but often with psychedelic phasing or flanger effects on solos and bridges, and, much like James Last, much larger background choruses in the studio to emulate a live atmosphere. The Les Humphries Singers at the time brought something from the flair of the hippie movement into contemporary German-produced (but English-sung) pop music, especially due to their mixed ethnic background and peculiar fashion sense. (by wikipedia)

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BackCover1Tracklist:
01. Mama Loo (Humphries) 4.09
02. We Are Goin’ Down Jordan (Humphries) 3.00
03. Old Man Moses (Humphries) 3.18
04. Take Care Of Me (Humphries/Reinecke/Allcott) 2.45
05. Mexico (Humphries) 3.45
06. Jennifer Adam (Humphries) 3.20
07. We’ll Fly You To The Promised Land (Humphries/Bilsbury) 2.55
08. Carnival (Humphries) 4.15
09. Kansas City (Humphries) 4.09
10. Old Time Religion (Humphries) 3.19
11. Rock My Soul (Humphries) 2.33
12. Sing Sang Song (Siegel/Hertha) 3.04
13. Do I Kill You (Humphries) 3.32
14. New Orleans (Humphries) 4.05
15. Do You Wanna Rock And Roll (Humphries) 3.55
16. Soolaimon (Diamond) 4.21

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