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The Dramatics are one of the most underrated vocal aggregations of all time, and The Best of the Dramatics shows just how powerful this group could be.  Its signature hit "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", with its Latin-tinged groove, anchors this 16-song set, along with the haunting "In The Rain" and the message song "The Devil Is A Dope", the latter showing more than a hint of the Temptations influence inevitable for any Detroit-based vocal group of this period.  Ensemble singing is elevated to a new level on Dramatically Yours, and although Banks and Reynolds carry most of the leads, all of the fellas get a chance to shine. Willie Ford's bass punctuates "Toast To The Fool" and the lyrical interplay on "Highway to Heaven" glides with an "Under the Boardwalk" feel.  The reissue Me and Mrs. Jones consolidates some of the Dramatics' best work ever, the highlight being a reworking of the Billy Paul megahit which actually eclipses the original.

r&b The Essential Album Guide

Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Get Up And Get Down | Thank You For Your Love| Hot Pants In The Summertime | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | In The Rain | Gimme Me Some (Good Soul Music) | Fall In Love, Lady Love | Mary Don't Cha Wanna
Volt ~ January 15, 1972

A Dramatic Experience
The Devil Is A Dope | You Could Become The Very Heart Of Me | Now You Got Me Loving You | Fell For You | Jim, What's Wrong With Him? | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Beautiful People | Beware Of The Man (With The Candy In His Hand) | Stand Up And Clap Your Hands
Volt ~ October 27, 1973

Dramatically Yours
And I Panicked | I Dedicate My Life To You | You've Got Me Going Through A Thing | I Pray She'll Never Go Away | I Made Myself Lonely | Highway To Heaven | Beautiful Feeling | Toast To The Fool | It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You
Volt ~ May 11, 1974

The Dramatic Jackpot
(I'm Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes | Good Things Don't Come Easy | Trying To Get Over Losing You | I Cried All The Way Home | Never Let You Go | A Thousand Shades Of Blue | Me Myself And I | I Dig Your Music | Me and Mrs. Jones | How Do You Feel
ABC ~ March 29, 1975

Drama V
You're Fooling You | She's A Rainmaker | I Was The Life Of The Party | Things Are Changing | I'm Gonna Love You To The Max | Treat Me Like A Man | Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything) | Come Out Of Your Thing | I'll Make It So Good
ABC ~ November 15, 1975

Joy Ride
Finger Fever | Richest Man Alive | Stand Up And Move | Sing And Dance Your Troubles Away | I Get Carried Away | Be My Girl | After This Dance | Say The Word | I Can't Get Over You | Sundown Is Coming (Hold Back The Night)
ABC ~ October 23, 1976

Shake It Well
 Shake It Well | You Make The Music (I Just Dance Along) | My Ship Won't Sail Without You | Come Inside | Spaced Out Over You | That Heaven Kind of Feelin | (I Like) Makin' You So Happy | Oceans of Thoughts and Dreams | Music Is Forever
ABC ~ August 13, 1977

Do What You Wanna Do  


 ABC 1978

10 1/2
Music Is The People's Choice | Welcome Back Home | Runnin' From My Love | Love Is Here | I Just Wanna Dance the Night Away | If You Feel Like You Wanna Dance | It Ain't Rainin' (On Nobody's House But Mine) | Be With The One You Love
MCA ~ March 8, 1980

The Dramatic Way
Get It
 Givin Up My Love
You're the Best Thing in MyLife (We NeedMore Lovin Time)
 Turn on the Music
 How Can I Be Sure
Share Your Love With Me

MCA Records
Somewhere In Time
Dream Lady | Razor Blade|
One Love Ago | Show Me
What You Got | When Love Is Over | Somewhere In Time / In The Rain / Fell For You / Hey You, Get Off My Mountain / Girl, Stop Your Weeping / Be My Girl |
Days of Yea and Ney | Luv's Callin | She's Wild

The Best of the Dramatics
Get Up and Get Down | Thank You For Your Love | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | In The Rain | (Gimme Some) Good Soul Music | Fall In Love, Lady Love | The Devil Is a Dope | You Could Become the Very Heart of Me | Fell For You | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Beware of the Man (With the Candy in His Hand) And I Panicked | I Dedicate My Life To You | I Made Myself Lonely | Highway to Heaven | Toast to the Fool
Volt ~ 1986

Dramatics Live
Intro | Get Up And Get Down | Thankful For Your Love | This Guy's In Love With You | Respect Yourself | That's The Way I Feel Aboutcha | Toast To The Fool | In The Rain | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Stax ~ 1988

Positive State of Mind
Positive State of Mind | Live Your Life | Bridge Over Troubled Water | Blame It On New York City | Please Say You'll Be Mine | Give Me Some Attention Tonight | Come On and Stay | Bridge Over Troubled Water (Instrumental)
Volt~ June 3, 1989

Mellow Drama
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Hurt By Love | Sexy Devil |
Cloud Nine | Paradise | Space Age | Everything Reminds Me Of You | For Your Love | Mother Nature | Key To The World |
Space Age

Dramatics: Ultimate Collection
 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | Get Up And Get Down | In The Rain | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Fell For You | Me and Mrs. Jones | Choosing Up On You | Door To Your Heart | You're Fooling You | Be My Girl (Single Version) | Finger Fever | Shake It Well (Single Version) | I Can't Get Over You | Stop Your Weeping (Single Version) | I Just Wanna Dance With You | Oceans Of Thoughts And Dreams | Welcome Back Home | That's My Favorite Song | You're The Best Thing In My Life
 September 19, 2000

Look Inside

Look Inside | Looks Like Rain
Got My Pride | Pushin' Up On Ya
What Must I Do | Baby Boo
Right In the Middle of Heaven | Special Lady
I'm So Alone | Better Love As Friends
January 2002

The Dramatics Greatest Hits Live
Dramatics Theme | Treat Me Like a Man
Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)
Hey You! (Get Off My Mountain) | In the Rain | Fell For You  | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
I Can't Get Over You
Beware of the Man (With the Candy In His Hand  The Devil Is A Dope | Shake It Well
Dramatic Medley | Thank You For Your Love
Fall in Love, Lady Love | Doggy Doggy World
Me & Mrs Jones | You're Fooling You
Door to Your Heart | Be My Girl
Stand Up and Clap Your Hands
Get Up and Get Down
November 2002

Ron Banks & L.J. Reynolds
2 Of A Kind - 1994
Ron Banks
Truly Bad ~ CBS 1984

Wee Gee Howard
Hold Onto Your Dreams
Cotillion Records - 1980

L.J. Reynolds
L.J. Reynolds - Capitol 1981
Travelin' - Capitol 1982
Lovin' Man - Mercury 1984
Tell Me You Will - 1984
L.J. Reynolds - 1991
Love Is About To Start - Volt 1999

More Discs

The Dells Vs The Dramatics ~ Cadet 1974

Anytime, Anyplace ~ ABC 1979

New Dimension ~ Capitol 1982

Stone Cold ~ 1989

Me & Mrs Jones ~ 1994

Gimme Some Good Soul Music ~ 1995

Dramatic Christmas ~ 1997

Be My Girl, Their Greatest Love Songs ~ 1998

Best of the Dramatics ~ 1974-1980 ~ 1998

                                              If You Come Back To Me ~ 1999 Say The Word, Their Greatest Love Songs ~ 1999                                    



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