The latest vinyl 7″ from the ever reliable SOUL JUNCTION label features two superb modern soul cuts from Philly group THE COALITIONS. The group comprise Leonard Deans, Tony McFarland, Bruce Fauntleroy, Alan Williams and Tony Anderson and to confuse things, they sometimes appear as Rheel Men while they also go on the road as an incarnation of Philly veterans, The Intrigues (you know and love their ‘In A Moment’)!
The putative A side of this new Coalitions single is a gorgeous, brassy, mid–tempo groove called ‘Nothin’ Left To Do’. The song was recorded just last year and features typically sweet Philly harmonies … little wonder, producer Craig White has worked extensively with Gamble and Huff while the uplifting brass comes courtesy of Henri McMillan’s UGO Horn section.
The B side ‘Didn’t We Almost Make It’ dates from 1979 with a slightly different Coalitions line up but the harmonies are still tight and tasteful. The brass riffling is impeccable, jazzy even and when the song surfaced on a 2013 long player it became an instant modern soul favourite.
THE COALITIONS; Nothin’ Left 2 Do’/ ‘Didn’t We Almost Make It’ is out now on SOUL JUNCTION RECORDS