Peaches & Herb, 2 Hot!, Polydor PD-1-6172, 1979
This fine late 70s product is yet another example of a producer driven record. They’re only on the record in name only, but this is really a Freddie Perren record with Peaches & Herb on the cover. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps records like I Want You Back by The Jackson 5, Love Machine by The Miracles, Boogie Fever by The Sylvers, and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor will. All, and many many more, were written and produced by Freddie Perren.
The Peaches & Herb record came out just after Perren produced the huge Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. So to say he was hot was an understatement. The original Peaches & Herb had a few soul hits in the late 1960s, but the mid 70s, Herb was working as a policeman. But old habits die hard, and Herb reached out to some old friends who supplied him with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, as well as a contract with Freddie Perren.
It’s a great record. It’s certainly a product of it’s time, but there are two all time R&B classics here in Shake Your Groove Thing and Reunited. It’s safe to say though that virtually anybody would have had a hit with material this good, and it just so happened that Peaches & Herb fit the suit that week.
Cost:$2, $821 Remaining