Title - 'To Whom It May Concern' (Cherry Red)
Artist - The Pasadenas
The Pasadenas were an R&B group from the '80s UK charts. Best known for their hit singles like, 'Tribute (Right On),' 'Riding On A Train,' and 'I'm Doing Fine Now,' the five some were heavily influenced by 1950s doo-wop, 1960s Motown, and even early 1970s funk!
In 1988, The Pasadenas released their debut album, 'To Whom It Might Concern.' Selling in excess of one million copies in the UK, it also contained their version of The Chi-Lites' 'Living In the Footsteps of Another Man.'
The group followed with 'Elevate' in 1991 and 'Yours Sincerely' in 1992, but never again reached the chart heights - either in the UK or the US.
The free flowing 'Funny Feeling' starts this wonderful, truly smooth album. A song that although it doesn't musically grab you as a lot of the hits might, still possesses a great vibe to introduce you to the sound of The Pasadenas. The Chi-Lites' semi-spoken word, 'Living In The Footsteps Of Another Man' follows, before the delicious, slow-tempo 'Enchanted Lady' comes to the fore.
The funky 'New Love' is next, complete with Jackson-ish yelps and such, before we get the first of their hits on this collection, 'Riding On A Train.' My goodness, what a fantastic summer song this truly is! It gets you up on your feet and arms in the air in seconds flat! Following that with 'Give A Little Peace,' the best song on the album (from my point of view, at least) comes next, 'Tribute (Right On).' It is quite easily the most vibrant, Motown-inspired song that could have been heard back in 1988 in the UK.
Following that is hard, but they do it with both 'I Really Miss You' (a really soul-sweet track, at its sugary finest) and 'Justice For The World,' a rap-fused album track, at best. The gospel-inspired 'Something Else' brings the (original) album to a close, but not here as this second-time-on-CD release features 5 more bonus tracks!
The first of which, 'I Believe' is a live version from 1988, and boy, does it sound great. Makes me which I'd seen them live all those years ago now! However, from the fact that I hear no audience, maybe 'live' here simply means it was recorded live in the studio. But then again, aren't all tracks recorded in that manner?!
The 'live' track 'All Night Long' is next, complete with rap'd opening, it definitely has that great Pasadenas sound to it - although, it does feature a gentle chorus nod to Lionel's hit too! 'A Little Love' is next, and fairly bounces along, before a rip-roaring Clapham Junction Demo Mix of 'Riding On A Train.'
The album finally comes to a close with the Q Street Mix of 'Tribute (Right On),' which is just the most musically perfect, sound and vibe wise, to end this wonderful, under-rated album from the late '80s.
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