The Soul Children - Friction
Label: Stax – STS 5507
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record: VG+ VG++ few light scuffs
Cover: VG+ ringwear, creasing, edgewear
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 I'll Be The Other Woman 3:36
A2 What's Happening Baby 6:42
A3 Can't Let You Go 4:47
B1 It's Out Of My Hands 3:24
B2 Just One Moment
B3 We're Gettin' Too Close 3:52
B4 Love Makes It Right 5:52
Arranged By – Carl Hampton, Homer Banks, John Allen
Art Direction – Grafe, The
Art Direction [Creative Direction] – Ron Gorden
Bass – James Alexander
Drums – Willie Hall
Electric Piano – Carl Hampton
Engineer – Pete Bishop
Guitar – Charles Pitts, Michael Toles
Horns – Memphis Horns, Inc., The
Mastered By – Larry Nix
Photography By – Chuck Sellras
Piano – Lester Snell
Producer – Carl Hampton, Homer Banks
Strings – Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The
Written-By – C. Hampton, H. Banks, R. Jackson (tracks: A1, B1)
The Soul Children were organized in 1968 by songwriter/producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
RIP John Colbert aka J. Blackfoot, Blackfoot was a member of the coed Stax quartet, the Soul Children, a two-man, two-woman vocal group with a penchant for recording soap-opera ballads dealing with adultery, and later a solo artist.
What's Happening Baby is Dopeness!!......that intro is money....sample O.C. used for 'Master Ya High'
The Soul Children's Friction album was, for me, the gateway to a lot of other great ...soul music. I first heard it in the early 1990s.....what an incredible mixture of intensity and restraint:
it's not the emotional overload of James Brown or the instrumental overkill of Isaac Hayes, instead it's like the pain and longing in the performance is so overwhelming that every element succumbs to emotional exhaustion.. ,
possibly the most unified Soul Children album ever recorded, and one of the most fantastic albums ever about cheatin' and runnin' around behind the back of your loved one! It's easily the best thing The Soul Children ever did, totally solid all the way through, and clearly conceived as a concept album dealing with romantic “friction”.
Unlike most soul vocal groups, which feature one or two lead singers, all four Soul Children took turns at the helm, usually within the space of a single song, and the results had the over-the-top intensity of a gospel tent revival at full shout. The Memphis-based group scored 15 R & B hits between 1968 and 1978. A slicker, sweeter, outing than their previous LP, Genesis, this did nonetheless include their biggest hit, "I'll Be the Other Woman."
A little daring for the radio in that it acknowledged an adulterous affair, "I'll Be the Other Woman" was also something of a departure for the Soul Children, putting Shelbra Bennett in the spotlight as lead vocalist (J. Blackfoot had tended to have the most visible leads). Bennett was also lead singer on the impressive single "Love Makes It Right," a small R&B hit that concludes the record.
In the interim, there are lush ballads ("What's Happening Baby") as well as some more uptempo, funky numbers. "Can't Let You Go," which smolders a bit thanks to the grainy lead vocal (presumably by J. Blackfoot) and subtle wah-wah guitar.
A great album very rare, difficult to find
It is included in Mojo's Magazine 100 greatest soul albums of all time.
Just amazing 70's soul.The Soul Children took over vocal chores from Sam & Dave after the latter duo had left Stax. Peter Guralnick, in his excellent book Sweet Soul Music (Virgin p/b), described them as "Sweet harmonies and church wrecking emotion" and who could disagree with such a perfect description.