Friday, March 07, 2014


Producer Kevin “Slow Jammin'” James has brought together a collection of the ultimate slow jams from American soul group The Dramatics, whose members included Ron Banks, L.J. Reynolds, Lenny Mayes, Willie Ford and Winzell Kelly. Titled The Dramatics – Greatest Slow Jams, and set for release on Stax Records on April 29, 2014, this compilation stems predominantly from the band’s breakout hits of the early '70s, a time when the band was recording with Stax-Volt as well as ABC Records. “Tomorrow,” a track originally released on Fantasy in 1985 by Dramatics vocalist L.J. Reynolds, has never before been made available on CD.

This album includes such chart-toppers as “Toast to the Fool” and their popular number one R&B hit “In the Rain.” According to James “My love life would have been dramatically reduced without The Dramatics music in my life.”  

The Dramatics began as the vocal sextet The Dynamics in 1962 and signed to Stax-Volt Records in 1968, where they found great commercial and critical success. In 1971, they released “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” which broke them into the top 10 of the Billboard charts with the title track and awarded them with their first gold album, selling over one million units. The following year, they released “In the Rain,” which went to number one on the R&B charts for four consecutive weeks and number five on the pop charts.

The “Slow Jams” brand began as a late night radio show in 1994 by Kevin “Slow Jammin'” James called Sunday Nite Slow Jams. It soon developed into a successful program and eventually a series of CD compilations that blended old and new R&B love songs.

Album Track Listing:
Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)   
In the Rain                                          
Toast to the Fool                                 
I Can’t Get Over You                            
I Was the Life of the Party                   
I Dedicate My Life to You                     
Thank You for Your Love                     
And I Panicked                                   
Fall in Love, Lady Love                        
I Made Myself Lonely                          
Hey You, Get Off My Mountain       


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