1975 The Choice Four – The Choice Four

The Choice Four was the second album of the The Choice Four. It was released in 1975.

The Choice Four were the most consistent of the male American soul/vocal groups produced by Van McCoy. They were from Washington, D.C., recorded for RCA Records and had three albums. Several of the group’s members had previously sung in The Love Tones and The Stridels. They had several minor hits on the Billboard charts in the mid-1970s. Their attempt to hit big with their version of “When You’re Young And In Love” was thwarted by the simultaneous release of a disco version of the song by actor Ralph Carter (of the “Good Times” TV show). Their biggest hit, ‘”Come Down To Earth” became a favorite in the discos after the group had broken up. They recorded the original version of the David Ruffin hit “Walk Away From Love” (also produced by McCoy), hitting the high note that Ruffin famously missed. Both Pede “Pete” Marshall and Charles Blagmon went on to tour with groups led by former members of The Temptations after the group’s demise, propr to its revival by Teddy Maduro.

Tracks

1  Hook It Up (Vinnie Barrett; Wayne Alexander; William Beard) 4:04
2  Angel Don’t Fly Away (Van McCoy) 3:55
3  Is It Love (Vinnie Barrett; Wayne Alexander; William Beard) 3:06
4  When You’re Young And In Love (Van McCoy) 4:46
5  You’re My Happiness (Joe Cobb; Van McCoy) 3:22
6  Until We Said Goodbye (Charles Kipps) 4:44
7  I’m Gonna Walk Away From Love (Charles Kipps) 3:33
8  Happy Go Lucky Girl (Chester Fortune; Terry Huff) 3:02
9  Beside Me (Walter Boyd) 3:27
10  Keep In Touch (Van McCoy) 4:29

Media

Musicians

BassGordon Edwards
DrumsChris Parker
DrumsRick Marotta
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarHugh McCracken
GuitarJohn Tropea
ClavinetLeon Pendarvis
ClavinetRichard Tee
PianoLeon Pendarvis
PianoRichard Tee
PianoVan McCoy
HornJim Buffington
HornsBernie Glow
HornsGarnett Brown
HornsJoe Wilder
HornsMel Davis
HornsMickey Gravine
HornsPaul Faulise
HornsRobert Alexander
HornsUrbie Green
OboePhil Bodner
VibesGeorge Devens
PercussionArthur Jenkins

Other Musicians

1 Hook It Up

VocalsCharles Blagmon


2 Angel Don’t Fly Away

VocalsBobby Hamilton


3 Is It Love

VocalsPete Marshall


4 When You’re Young And In Love

VocalsPete Marshall


5 You’re My Happiness

VocalsCharles Blagmon


6 Until We Said Goodbye

VocalsTed Maduro


7 I’m Gonna Walk Away From Love

VocalsCharles Blagmon


8 Happy Go Lucky Girl

VocalsBobby Hamilton


9 Beside Me

VocalsTed Maduro


10 Keep In Touch

VocalsPete Marshall




Harp – Gloria Agostini
Strings – Alfred Brown, Gene Orloff, George Ricci, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Julien Barber, Max Ellen, Max Pollikoff, Sanford Allen, Selwart Clarke

Liner Notes

Producer – Van McCoy
Arranged By – Van McCoy
Conductor – Van McCoy
Engineer – Gus Mossler, Jim Crotty
Mixed By – Jim Crotty

Art Direction – Acy Lehman

Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
Recorded At – RCA Studios, New York
Produced For – Sag Productions