Hard Core Poetry is the second album by American soul/R&B group Tavares, released in 1974 on the Capitol label. This album brought Tavares together with songwriters and producers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter for what would prove to be a productive musical relationship on this and the group’s following album, In the City.
Hard Core Poetry reached #11 on the R&B chart and was critically praised for its strong and diverse selection of songs and sophisticated but soulful production; the album remains one of the group’s most highly regarded. Its best-known single is “She’s Gone”, a cover of the Daryl Hall and John Oates track from their 1973 album Abandoned Luncheonette. The Tavares version peaked higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than the original on its first chart run earlier in 1974 (#50 against #60), and became the first of their three R&B chart toppers.
1 Someone To Go Home To (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:18
2 She’s Gone (Daryl Hall, John Oates) 3:42
3 My Ship (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:28
4 Leave It Up To The Lady (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:32
5 To Love You (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 4:04
6 Too Late (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 4:27
7 Remember What I Told You To Forget (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 4:11
8 What You Don’t Know (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:54
9 Hard Core Poetry (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 4:26
10 Too Late (Capitol Us Single Edit) (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:38
11 Remember What I Told You To Forget (Single Edit) (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) 3:23
Strings – The Boogie Symphony
Producer – Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Arranged By, Conductor – Michael Omartian
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Coordinator (Album) – Brian Panella
Engineer (Recording) – Joe Sidore
Producer (Executive) – Larkin Arnold
Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Photography By (Front Cover) – Richard Rankin
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Record Company – Capitol Industries, Inc.