Published Dec 09, 2013While the Numero Group often plucks R&B highlights for comps like its Eccentric Soul series, the label's JR side label will put the shine directly on Newark, NJ's Family Circle for an upcoming repress of the quintet's 1973 self-titled debut.
Comprising George, James, Mary, Don and David Simmons, the outfit issued 1972's "I Hope You Really Love Me" / "Loving You Make the World Go Round" 7-inch before offering up their 10-song full-length; both were issued at the time by Sky Disc. While the album was full of originals, tracks like the Charles Simmons-penned "I Hope You Really Love Me" are said to feature a Jackson 5 influence, while Al Green is another touchstone.
The quintet's trajectory was overseen by arranger George Andrews and producer Randy Irwin, while seasoned session musicians like guitarist Cornell Dupree, guitarist/songwriter Billy Vera and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie helped support the "gospel-honed vocal chops" of the Simmons clan.
JR's repress of the LP, its first in 40 years, may be a boon to soul collectors looking to save some coin. Earlier this fall, the original pressing fetched close to $230 online.
1. I Hope You Really Love Me
2. It Doesn't Make Sense
3. Try It, You'll Like It
4. La La So Lucky
6. Loving You Makes The World Go Round
7. If You Really Want To Make It
8. Well Runs Dry
10. Bridge With One Side Down