TITLE: The Dynamic Superiors
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #36 R&B Albums
SINGLES: Shoe Shoe Shine (#68, #16 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh…no.
LINEUP: Tony Washington, George Spann, George Peterback Jr., Michael McCalpin, Maurice Washington. Session guys did the music.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A throwback Motown vocal group produced by Ashford & Simpson has some highlights, and an interesting story that wasn’t really told then.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Having kicked around since 1969, and being signed to Motown since 1972, the vocal group the Dynamic Superiors finally got an album released thanks to Ashford & Simpson in 1975, and it deserved better.
Lead singer Tony Washington had a soaring falsetto and George Spann was an excellent first tenor backing him up. Plus, the ballad “Shoe Shoe Shine” showcased the vocal strength of the group.
Washington, though, used to perform in drag. He was out and proud, which in 1975 was rare for anyone in the R&B world. It didn’t seem to hold them back, and in fact, Motown was quite progressive in signing and promoting gay performers at the time.
As for the music, it’s better than average and better than what some of the more established R&B vocal groups were turning out at the time.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were signed at a DJ convention in 1972.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: It was released as a double CD with their second album, which wasn’t as solid.
GRADE B+: It’s historical, and a good old-school vocal group record.