William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got: 50th Anniversary - 140-Gram Black Vinyl


Release Date: 04-26-2024

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William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got: 50th Anniversary - 140-Gram Black Vinyl

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William DeVaughn's 1974 masterpiece Be Thankful For What You Got is one of the most widely recognised soul releases of the twentieth century, a seminal session recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with a who's who of superb musical talent - from backing band MFSB to John Davis (of Monster Disco Orchestra fame). • Born and raised in Washington D.C., DeVaughn had previously worked as a salaried government employee - a drafting technician. A singer in his spare time, DeVaughn wrote the tune 'A Cadillac Don't Come Easy' - eventually re-written to 'Be Thankful For What You Got' in 1972, a song with a devotional, spiritual character which tenderly addressed ghetto sensibilities. Be Thankful For What You Got would go on to reach number 1 on the US Billboard R&B Charts and 4 in the US Billboard top 100, an ever popular song which has been endlessly sampled and covered, DeVaughn even revamping it in 1980 as a four-to-the-floor disco rendition. • Featuring musicians from MFSB (Larry Washington - percussion, Norman Harris - Guitar, Bobby Eli - Guitar, Vince Montana - Vibraphone, among others) and recorded at the Philadelphia International Records main studio Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, P.A., the music contains that luxurious Philly sound signature; sweeping strings, galloping percussion and tight, soulful arrangements combine to beautiful extents. Blended with DeVaughn's socially conscious and semi religious lyrical content, the music culminates in something very special - soulful, heartfelt and funky, underscored by a deep and effortless pocket and an enduring message of positivity and resilience in the face of social and financial hardships. • Enjoy this limited edition 50th anniversary edition volume, limited to 1,000 copies featuring a fresh liner from Will Fox, and packaged in a newly printed sleeve with an obi and printed inner. Brought to you, with SOUL, from Demon Music Group.

  1. Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand
  2. We Are His Children
  3. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
  4. Kiss and Make Up
  5. Be Thankful for What You Got
  6. Sing a Love Song
  7. You Can Do It
  8. Something's Being Done

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