Side two of Dave Major and the Minor’s second record album, Second Record Album, includes a great arrangement of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” (where was this record a couple months ago?) as well as these three Dave Major originals.
“She Doesn’t Know” and “Dreams Far Behind” (co-written with Minor Steve Joyce) are solid pop originals, if not as memorable as some of the group’s other tracks. The Minors really shine throughout “She Doesn’t Know”, especially bassist Dick Richards. Dave Kennedy’s strings are a far better fit than they were in “You Are All I Need” on side one, giving the song a full Philly soul sound. The quintet’s harmonies are too formal for soul, of course, but it’s a good song.
The second side of Second Record Album does contain the first Dave Major and the Minors track to really disappoint me, a soulless, clumsily awkward arrangement of “For Once in my Life”. I suppose for once in it’s life the quintet didn’t kick ass. “I Want You”, the last track on the disc and the fifth Dave Major original, is better but not as much fun as the funky opener “Baby, You Are Really Groovy”.
In fact, there’s nothing really memorable about the Dave Major and the Minors albums, except that I wish I could travel back in time and see this classic show band play. They must have been a really great live act.