Lovers of the sounds of Motown and Philly could do worse than check out a brand new record by two veritable soul veterans…. EARL YOUNG and DARRYL GRANT. Earl, of course, was the leader of/ the drummer in The Trammps while Darryl fronted smooth soul vocal group, Spectrum.
The two have just crafted a new single called ‘(Don’t Underestimate) The Power Of Love ‘. The song was written by Mervin and Melvin Steals (“Mystro and Lyric”) – best known, of course, for the Spinners’ ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ and the producer credits go to McKinley Jackson. The trio call the sound they’ve conjured up on the tune ‘MoPhilly’… and a quick listen let’s you know that that’s a good description.
‘(Don’t Underestimate) The Power Of Love’ is a steady mid-tempo groove with a passionate, soulful feeling created from the start by Young’s semi-spoken, Barry White-flavoured intro and maintained by Grant’s sweet lead. Their vocals are complemented by a track featuring an A list of Philly and Detroit musicians – amongst them bassist Jimmie Williams (‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’), keyboardist Alfie Pollitt (one time MD for Teddy Pendergrass) and the Detroit Horns. MoPhilly? You bet!
Earl Young and Darryl Grant – ‘(Don’t Underestimate) – The Power of Love’ – is out now via all the usual download platforms