Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Underground Mix)

Classics: Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Underground Mix) (Atlantic)

Hard to believe nearly 30 years have gone since Ten City released their first single. This brings us back in 1987 with the seminal ‘Devotion’. A cut that saw the light the same day as Ce Ce Rogers‘Someday’ as a matter of fact. From then, the threesome would strengthen their position with ‘Right Back To You’ in 1988. This, before delivering their debut-album – ‘Foundation’ – the year after…

Opening the latter, ‘That’s The Way Love Is’ is undoubtedly an extra essential gem of theirs. Marshall Jefferson delivering another flamboyant production along with Timmy Regisford in charge of the remix duties. Both of them creating the ideal environment for the impressive vocal parts to take their full dimension. With Kenny Bobien and Eddie Stockley adding to the whole while surrounding falsetto lead singer Byron Stingily in the backing.

Looking back at their repertoire, no wonder why Ten City stand as the biggest House band of all time. We’ll never cease enthuzing about their unvaluable legacy. That’s the way love is, I suppose, don’t you think? How about letting us know about your fav track of theirs by the way?

Overview
Ten City saw the light in the second half ot the 80’s in Chicago, IL. Formed by vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson, and keyboard player Byron Burke, the group originally started as Ragtyme.

Stingily met Marshall Jefferson at Trax Records after he heard him singing on the obscure ‘Funny Love’ by Dezz 7. Both of them layered a few unreleased songs before coming up with ‘Devotion’. The latter to the attention of Atlantic Records who offered to sign Stingily as a solo artist. He nevertheless refused and finally brought his collegues as a part of the deal.

Ten City released their debut-album – ‘Foundation’ – back in 1989. A solid collection which featured the classic ‘Devotion’ and ‘Right Back To You’ among others. ‘State Of Mind’ followed the year after, including gems such as ‘Whatever Makes You Happy’, ‘Superficial People’ and ‘Nothing’s Changed’.

By 1992, the trio had parted way with Marshall Jefferson and released ‘No House Big Enough’. This would be their final album with EastWest/Atlantic. An album which saw them working with David Morales on the memorable ‘My Piece Of Heaven’. One of its highlights along with ‘Only Time Will Tell’.

A last album – ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’ – followed back in 1994 on Columbia Records. But despite the presence of the outstanding ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Say Something’ (co-written with Kerri Chandler), Ten City disappeared from the radars soon after. Not because the buzz had gone, according to Discogs. But most likely because the major companies had already started getting rid of the House artists.

Stingily pursued a successful career from then. Meanwhile Byron Burke had sporadical releases soon after. The group eventually reunited on stage for Stingily‘s Bday Bashback in 2015. This givin’ space for rumors of a possible return to recording activities, although nothing’s been confirmed as of yet…

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