Record & Radio Mirror (UK), November 24, 1973

Four Of A Kind: Brand New Key (single)

Yes, Melanie's song, in an Isley Brothers-ish Soul treatment by an R&B group on her husband's Toy label! 'The Four are J.R. Bailey ("Love, Love, Love"), Sammy Turner ("Lavender Blue",), Mel Kent (Apollo theatre producer) and Kenny Williams (co-penned "Everybody Plays The Fool") with Sammy dilly-dillying the squeaky lead over the others' chanting and plopping congas backup. The result is really nice with some mellow Gospel harmonies that show up especially on the wordless flipside backing-track version. Why isn't this on the Neighborhood label here, and why didn't it come out as in the States a year ago? - -------------- R&B PICK.

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