The Real Thing is an English group formed in 1970 by Chris Amoo, Dave Smith, Kenny Davis and Ray Lake.
Their first singles were released in 1972 and 1973 and met with very little success despite their obvious quality.
It was not until 1976 and the release of the single "You to me are everything" that they finally took off. The single is a real hit across the Channel and also ranks very well in the American Charts. Fate in stride "Can’t get by without you" with less success but which will also make a good journey.
Their first album "Real thing" was also released in 1976, an album from which a third hit with the single "You’ll never know what you’re missing" will be released.
In 1977 the album "Four from eight" was released, followed in 1978 by the album "Step into our world".
The hits will succeed from 1977 to 1981 making this group a sure value of the beginning of the decade 80.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Plastic man 1973
Stone cold love affair 1975
You to me are everything 1976
Can’t get by without you 1976
Love's such a wonderful thing 1977
You'll Never Know What You're Missing 1977
Whenever You Want My Love 1978
Rainin' through my sunshine 1978
Can you feel the force ? 1979
Boogie down (Get funky now) 1979
Give me your love 1980
She’s a groovy freak 1980
I believe in you 1981
Love takes tears 1982
Seen to smile 1982
Straight to the heart 1986
Hard times 1987
1973 ... at the beginning of the beginning. A first title that makes a very generic series ...
1975 ... we find them a few years later in full Disco mode. The rise is obvious ...
1976 ... then comes THIS title ! A HUGE Dance title that will explode their notoriety and become their 1st global mega hit. MAS-TER-FUL !
1976 ... a continuation which will not be able to compete with the preceding title so much the bar was raised. But whatever, the dynamics of success are now well in place and that's the main thing !
1977 ... in the 70s, any group worthy of the name had to have in their repertoire a Ultimate Slow of high caliber. Here is a first !
1977 ... this group is really talented, that's clear. Inspired songs, Dance to perfection and that work perfectly
1978 ... the best of the Disco period. An extreme summary of this now legendary musical style which will have reigned supreme over the 1970s
1978 ... the great adventure continues with this title half Dance, half Intimist, and which shows above all their versatility
1979 ... at the crossroads between the end of the Disco period and the start of the Funky period. They simply sign here their second biggest success and at the same time offer themselves a direct ticket for posterity. MAS-TER-FUL !
1979 ... the end of the decade under the sign of Dance once again. Not necessarily their best title but a dynamic that does not weaken, it's clear ...
1980 ... a change of decade perfectly negotiated with an excellent title which will not even be classified. Go figure !
1980 ... pure Funk as we like. A reference in the matter ! The group returns to success but it will be good one of the last times ...
1981 ... and it continues ! This group will have produced an impressive number of titles of very large caliber. Even if most of them will no longer be classified ...
1982 ... this time, the tempo slows down for a song with finesse. And it works, again !
1982 ... we go back to Dance, their favorite field and in which they excel, it's undeniable !
1986 ... the years go by and the group is still in the running. Admittedly, far from the top of the Charts but whatever, quality is always in order !
1987 ... the last notorious hit. After more than 15 years of career, bravo gentlemen ! Longevity worthy of the greatest !
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