Down To Earth is the fourth album by psychedelic soul group The Undisputed Truth.
Original Undisputed Truth members Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce Evans left shortly before the recording of this album, and the group’s producer, Norman Whitfield, took the opportunity to expand the group. Founding member and male lead singer Joe Harris was joined by Virginia “V” McDonald, Tyrone “Big Ty” Douglas, Tyrone “Lil Ty” Barkeley and Calvin “Dhaak” Stephenson, all of whom had been part of The Magictones, a local Detroit soul group.
The first six tracks on the album were recorded by this new line-up. The leads (except for “Just You ‘N’ Me”, which is sung by Tyrone Barkley) are handled by Joe Harris and Virginia “V” McDonald (or “Vee”) while the other members provide backing vocals. The last four tracks were recorded the original line-up, and had already found release as album tracks on previous Undisputed Truth LPs and/or as singles.
Although Down To Earth made a good showing on the R&B Album Charts (#35), it failed to crossover to the Billboard Pop Charts like The Truth’s previous LPs had done. The album’s lead single, “Help Yourself”, was released in early 1974, and the group then appeared on Soul Train to promote it. The song became The Undisputed Truth’s biggest hit since 1971’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes” (US #3, US R&B #2), making #63 on the Pop Charts and #19 on the R&B Charts (their second and last Top 20 R&B hit). A second single, “I’m A Fool For You”, also made #39 on the Soul Charts.
Subsequent Undisputed Truth albums would consist only of material recorded by the group’s new line-up, and new member Tyrone Barkley would also be given more leads alongside Joe Harris.
1 Help Yourself (Norman Whitfield) 03:16
2 Big John Is My Name (Norman Whitfield) 04:39
3 Brother Louie (Errol Brown; Tony Wilson) 03:28
4 I’m A Fool For You (Norman Whitfield) 03:04
5 Our Day Will Come (Bob Hilliard; Mort Garson) 02:37
6 Just You ‘N’ Me (James Pankow) 02:51
7 Love And Happiness (Al Green; Mabon Teenie Hodges) 03:05
8 Law Of The Land (Norman Whitfield) 04:29
9 The Girl’s Alright With Me (Eddie Kendricks; Edward Holland; Norman Whitfield) 03:36
10 Save My Love For A Rainy Day (Norman Whitfield; Roger Penzabene) 03:58
|Bass||Eddie Watkins Jr|
|Bass||James Jamerson Sr|
|Guitar||Wah Wah Watson|
|Piano||Earl van Dyke|
Producer – Norman Whitfield
Arranged By – Mark Davis (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Arranged By – Paul Riser (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Conductor – Mark Davis (Tracks 1, 5)
Conductor – Paul Riser (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Engineer – Art Stewart, Bob Robitaille, Cal Harris, Larry Miles, Russ Terrana
Mastered By – Norman Whitfield, Orson Lewis
Artwork – Asari Graham
Photography – Jim Britt
Mastered At Motown’s Golden World Studio
Mixed At Motown’s Golden World Studio
Recorded At Motown Recording Studios
Phonographic Copyright Motown Record Corporation
Copyright Motown Record Corporation