Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

by Moment of Truth

CD(Canadian Import)

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Some disco and soul historians argue that disco was born in Philadelphia when Jerry Butler recorded the extremely danceable and highly syncopated "One Night Affair" under Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's direction in 1972. But whether or not disco was actually created in Philly, the city undeniably made many outstanding contributions to the genre. One of the finest albums recorded in Philly in 1977 was this self-titled LP by the superb but obscure soul/disco quartet Moment of Truth. Such sleek yet gritty jewels as "So Much for Love," "Chained to Your Love" and "Helplessly" (a minor club hit) pack a strong emotional punch that brings to mind groups like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and the Intruders, but Truth's overall approach is much more disco-oriented and club-conscious. Clearly, the group realized that the best disco stressed vocal personality, not just beats. As little known as this album is, it came as quite a surprise when, in 1993, it was reissued after being out of print for at least 13 years.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0068381243621
catalogNumber: 627894
Rank: 78251

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moment of Truth   Primary Artist
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett   Conga
George Devens   Percussion
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Bob McCoy   Trumpet
Leon Pendarvis   Keyboards
Lance Quinn   Guitar
Alan Raph   Trombone
James Sedlar   Trumpet
Irving Spice   Concert Master
Norman Bergen   Conductor,Keyboards
Harold Keinz   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Young   Drums
Billy Jones   Musician
Michael Garrison   Musician

Technical Credits

Keith Tippett   Composer
Joe Cayre   Executive Producer
Ken Cayre   Executive Producer
Stan Cayre   Executive Producer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Chuck "Fingers" Irwin   Engineer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Tom Moulton   Engineer
Reid Whitelaw   Producer,Essay
Norman Bergen   Arranger,Producer

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Moment of Truth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BROOKLYN-QUEEN More than 1 year ago
Because the group disbanded was and was reconstructed halfway through the recording process (hence the masked faces on the album cover), there is not much continuity to this album. The lead singer of the latter half of the album, John Mitchell, belts out classic tunes such as "Helplessly," which still receives radio airplay. It's too bad Mitchell and company didn't re-record the entire album, since their sound is the most remembered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own the record. Stopped by to fill out my CD collection. I love the song Helplessly. A lot of these disco era songmakers should have gotten more respect. This is good music with a real soul. And you can dance and be happy at the same time.