Lost Gem Unvaulted: The Stylistics keep their "Promise"

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    Veteran soul music journalist David Nathan and venerable producer-songwriter Preston Glass have teamed up for a second volume of Philly Soul Select, featuring an assortment of contemporary interpretations of classic R&B tunes emanating from the City of Brotherly Love. Alongside new recordings, an oft-overlooked gem cut by The Stylistics with Glass in 1996 is included.

    The Felton Pilate-penned and co-produced “Keeping You to Your Promise” is a serenely charming ballad in the tradition of The Stylistics’ signature ‘70s hits. The timeless lyrics and organically flowing melodies are brought to life in remarkably compelling form by Airrion Love, while Russell Thompkins, Jr., and Herb Murrell supply lovingly subtle and soulful harmonies. Glass’ arrangement is faithful to the group’s definitive sweet-soul musicality and blends wonderfully with the emotive changes and dynamics.

    Veteran soul music journalist David Nathan and venerable producer-songwriter Preston Glass have teamed up for a second volume of Philly Soul Select, featuring an assortment of contemporary interpretations of classic R&B tunes emanating from the City of Brotherly Love. Alongside new recordings, an oft-overlooked gem cut by The Stylistics with Glass in 1996 is included.

    The Felton Pilate-penned and co-produced “Keeping You to Your Promise” is a serenely charming ballad in the tradition of The Stylistics’ signature ‘70s hits. The timeless lyrics and organically flowing melodies are brought to life in remarkably compelling form by Airrion Love, while Russell Thompkins, Jr., and Herb Murrell supply lovingly subtle and soulful harmonies. Glass’ arrangement is faithful to the group’s definitive sweet-soul musicality and blends wonderfully with the emotive changes and dynamics.

    Take a listen to The Stylistics’ Lost Gem “Keeping You to Your Promise” below, and be sure to check out Philly Soul Select, Vol. 2!

    by Justin Kantor

    The Stylistics - "Keeping You To Your Promise"

     
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