Grade-A Soul

The Superlatives- The Superlatives- I Don’t Know How
from 7″ (Westbound, 1969)

I’m no expert on Detroit soul. I’ve only been to the city once and it was far too short of a trip to even begin to get into the real stuff. Still, I find that most of my favorite 45s were pressed in the Motor City, proving that the city’s second biggest export are dope musical gems.

I won’t pretend to know anything about this group because there really isn’t much to know. Most groups on small Detroit labels had short local success and then faded into obscurity as Motown rose to national prominence. Singed to the tiny Dynamics label, The Superlatives were no exception.

What is exceptional about The Superlatives (aside from their fantastic name) is this track, which was their most popular. Crisp drums, a deep base line, blinging vibes and bright horns are the perfect backdrop for the groups smooth doo-wop vocals. The track was later picked up and distributed by Westbound which might explain why The Superlatives didn’t completely disappear into Detroit soul history.

* this post was previously published on Soulspectrum

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