Classics: The Whispers – I Can Make It Better For You (SOLAR)
More than 35 years have gone since the release of this gem. And the least we can say is that it still does its thing. One of the highlights of the band’s 1980 released ‘Imagination’ album, ‘I Can Make It Better For You’ has all the ingredients that made the SOLAR sound like no other at the time. Beginning with its killer bassline courtesy of in house producer Leon F Sylvers III. But also this bouncing effect one would most likely find on the Shalamar or Dynasty‘s releases. This in addition to stellar strings and horns under the direction of Gene Dozier.
‘I Can Make It Better For You’ is pretty much what the band happened to do. Don’t you think?
Texas natives Walter and Wallace Scott formed The Whispers soon after moving to Los Angeles, CA back in 1964. Eventually joined by Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon which Leaveil Degree replaced in 1973 after he injured his larynx in a car crash. The Whispers releasing their self-titled debut-album back in 1969 on Soul Clock.
The band had moderate success though until they started working with producer Leon F Sylvers III (Shalamar, Dynasty, Lakeside…). Their second eponymous album, released in 1979 including the memorable ‘And The Beat Goes On’ and ‘Out The Box’. 2 gems in an infectious vein which The Whispers set their new reputation on. Following the vibe with tracks such as ‘It’s A Love Thing’ and ‘I Can’t Make It Better For You’. But also ‘In The Raw’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Contagious’. Not to mention ‘Rock Steady’ which saw them collaborating with the then emerging production pair made of L.A. & Babyface. As a matter of fact, it’s fair to say the band had their heyday on SOLAR.
Switching to Capitol Records with the release of their ‘More Of The Night’ album featuring the Robert Brookins produced ‘Innocent’, they started losin’ their status from then. Delivering a majority of M.O.R. R&B/Soul cuts.
Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer and sadly died of it in 2000.
Nicholas Caldwell sadly passed of congestive heart failure on Jan. 05, 2016 at his Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA home.