Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – Barrance Whitfield & The Savages

ARTIST: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages             whitfield

TITLE: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

YEAR RELEASED: 1984

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no

LINEUP: Barrance Whitfield, Peter Greenberg, Phil Lenker, Howard Ferguson, Steve LaGrega, Bill Mooney-McCoy

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A throwback soul man hooks up with a group of affecionadoes from the Lyres and other Boston bands to create a hot R&B revue.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Barrence Whitfield was in college in Boston and working at a record store, when Peter Greenberg of the Lyres heard him singing in the store. Soon, Whitfield and Greenberg were working together with a group of Boston-based musicians. They dubbed the band “The Savages” which fit Whitfield’s raucous vocals.

Their first album is a stomper, with some obscure R&B covers from the 60’s and originals that fit right in like “Walking with Barrence” and “Ship Sailed at Six”. A cover of “Mama Get the Hammer” fits right in with its oddball and frenetic energy.

It’s a fun time with a fun band.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Whitfield’s real name is Barry White. There’s a good reason they changed it.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a re-issue packs 10 more cuts onto the package.

GRADE: A-: Just try not to move during this record.

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