The Chi-Lites (2x)

You should most certainly get into the Chi-Lites if you aren’t already. As far as “sentimental” vocal groups go, these guys blossomed into something more than penning listless love tunes usually leads to. Highly original, Eugene Record on lead vocals composing most of their songs, they had many hits at the climax of their popularity. That’s them with the oft-covered “Oh Girl” (see Young-Holt Unlimited’s excellent instrumental on the LP of the same name) as well as “Have You Seen Her” – but it’s near the end of their tenure with the Brunswick label, with whom they spent most of their recording career, that two really great tracks surface.

“Stoned Out of My Mind” – all cultural updates aside – is a great jam about a spurned love affair, getting dogged and getting over it and taking your mind back for yourself, while “Take A Trip” follows the opposite path in describing how bad ass it is to have a lady and be with her on an island. Which is pretty much accurate. Simple, but true. A fair summation of this group, in my opinion.

“So much beauty”

The Chi-Lites – Stoned Out of My Mind
The Chi-Lites – Take A Trip

 
 
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