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3 Tru Is True To New Classic Soul

  • Review
  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 08/11/2009

The headline on the flip side of their new 2009 With Tru Love CD says, "Keeping The Music Alive."

After a quick listen to this 10 track collection, it's clear that Tru, a vocal ensemble in the best tradition of the Stylistics, Ray, Goodman, & Brown, and Blue Magic, keep the harmonic essence of classic soul alive today.

The ballad "If I Told You" stands out as one of the strongest original songs.

Tru tackles just a couple of covers: the Impressions "Keep On Pushin'," and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

Other original gems include "You're All I Want You To Be," "With This Ring," and "Can I."

According to their official biography, Tru has opened concerts for Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and others.

They also have made quite a name for themselves on the Atlantic City casino circuit.

Tru is: 1) James "Jimi" Williams, 2) Primo Wansley, and 3) LaVon "Donnie" Tatem. These guys have all been singing since they were very young.

Tru's album was recorded at Polygon Studios in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. With True Love appears on Sounds of Philly Records, Brigantine, NJ.

Listen to 39 seconds of "If I Told You" by Tru.

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3 Comments

  • Brigena

    08/11/2009 21:38

    Hi Power House ... What an Awesome Review, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. That was the BEST yet. Nice Job. My Name is Brigena - Rain Tatem and I am TRU's Market Director. Our Manager is Mr. Sal Angelo. We are very very Proud of TRU. Our CD dropped today and can be purchased at withtrulove.com or Itunes, Walmart, soundsofphilly dot com. We Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and hope that you will continue to support us!
  • LanceZ

    08/27/2009 10:14

    You can pick up your copy of this GREAT album at: www.WithTruLove dot com. Also let your friends know about it. They will Truly Love You for it.
  • Roland Parker

    08/27/2009 10:14

    I have been thinking for the longest sure would be nice if someone started making those hits we love to hear again. There's a hole in the soul of the music world.

    Somebody yelled Rap and Hip Hop make money, and everybody started using the really good stuff for sampling. True a little bit goes a long way. But you can never get enough of the REAL THING. Thanks for being TRU...
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