Phil Perry and Kevin Sanlin, members of the sweet soul group the Montclairs, released two Capitol albums – For Those Who Love (1980), We’re the Winners (1981) – paired on this Funky Town Grooves release. Only one song, “Just to Make You Happy,” reached the Billboard R&B chart, and neither album charted, yet there’s a decent quantity of sophisticated, occasionally funky, early-‘80s soul on display, with an eye-popping roster of producers and instrumentalists that includes the likes of Richard Evans, Charles Jackson, Les McCann, Dorothy Ashby, Nathan East, Patrice Rushen, James Gadson, and Leon “Ndugu” Chancler. Both sets should appeal to fans of Brothers Johnson, Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio, and Leon Ware, among others.
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