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Don't Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia / Arc Recordings 1976-1981

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Don't Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia / Arc Recordings 1976-1981
Don't Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia / Arc Recordings 1976-1981


  • Through five albums and twelve U.S. R&B charted singles (including the 1977 Grammy-winning global anthem, Best Of My Love) released between 1976-1981, The Emotions achieved a level of recognition and success that ensured their place as first tier purveyors of harmonic soul music. The Chicago-based sisters (Wanda, Jeanette and Sheila) developed their distinctive sound as members of the family gospel group, The Hutchinson Sunbeams (with father Joe); after signing with Stax Records imprint Volt Records, the trio enjoyed their first Top 10 R&B and Top 40 pop hit with So I Can Love You in 1969.
  • In 1976, The Emotions began working with Earth, Wind & Fire supergroup founder Maurice White as he developed his Kalimba Productions and the creative pairing bore immediate fruit with the release of FLOWERS, the soulful trios first US Top 5 R&B and Top 50 pop best-selling album. Beyond the charts, sales and radio airplay, The Emotions soulful singing resonated with the expanded audience they reached in live performances on tours with EW&F, The Commodores, and The Brothers Johnson among others.
  • With informative liner notes by founder David Nathan, mastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams, this superb musically-satisfying 54-track, 3-CD SoulMusic Records box set showcases The Emotions golden years and includes all of their recordings for Columbia Records (1976-1978) and for ARC (American Recording Company), the CBS-distributed label (under the aegis of Maurice White) between 1979-1981. Of note, as songwriters, member of The Emotions and their collaborators also contributed to each of the five albums included here.
  • Disc 1 comprises the afore-mentioned FLOWERS album, produced by Maurice White with the late Charles Stepney (known for his work with The Dells, Ramsey Lewis and EW&F) which includes the infectious dance floor favourite I Dont Wanna Lose Your Love; and the aptly-named Maurice White-produced REJOICE LP which via the chart-topping international hit Best Of My Love and the soul music classic ballad Dont Ask My Neighbors propelled The Emotions to global fame.
  • Disc 2 consists of SUNBEAM, a creatively-expansive album that includes Smile (co-written by Maurice White and EW&F guitarist/composer Al McKay, the team also responsible for Best Of My Love) and Walking The Line (co-penned by Skip Scarborough); and COME INTO OUR WORLD, whose standouts include the US R&B Top 30 single, Whats The Name Of Your Love?
  • Disc 3 contains NEW AFFAIR, the groups final LP for ARC/Columbia, with primary production by Wanda and musical partner/husband Wayne Vaughn and arranger/songwriter Bill Meyers, with an emphasis on dance-oriented tracks in light of the phenomenal 1979 success of Boogie Wonderland, the EW&F smash that featured The Emotions, two versions of which are among the eight bonus tracks that complete the third disc of this stellar box set.


  1. Name
  2. I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
  3. Me For You
  4. You've Got The Right To Know
  5. We Go Through Changes
  6. Special Part
  7. No Plans For Tomorrow
  8. How Can You Stop Loving Someone
  9. Flowers
  10. God Will Take Care Of You
  11. Best Of My Love
  12. A Feeling Is
  13. A Long Way To Go
  14. Key To My Heart
  15. Love's What's Happenin'
  16. How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away
  17. Don't Ask My Neighbors
  18. Blessed
  19. Rejoice
  20. Smile
  21. Love Is Right On
  22. Time Is Passing By
  23. Walking The Line
  24. Ain't No Doubt About It
  25. Love Vibes
  26. I Wouldn't Lie
  27. My Everything
  28. Spirit Of Summer
  29. Whole Lot Of Shakin'
  30. Music Box
  31. What's The Name Of Your Love?
  32. Cause I Love You
  33. Come Into My World
  34. On & On
  35. I Should Be Dancing
  36. Where Is Your Love?
  37. The Movie
  38. Layed Back
  39. Yes, I Am
  40. All Night, Alright
  41. Love Lies
  42. Now That I Know
  43. Therell Never Be Another Moment
  44. Turn It Out
  45. New Affair
  46. Here You Come Again
  47. When You Gonna Wake Up
  48. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions
  49. I Should Be Dancing (Single Version)
  50. My Baby Dance (Non-Album b Side)
  51. Changes (Non-Album'b' Side)
  52. Where Is Your Love? (Single Version)
  53. Don't Ask My Neighbors (Single Version)
  54. Flowers (Single Version)
  55. Boogie Wonderland (12 Version) Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions
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