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Chapter 115: Games People Play

Quiet storm R&B

Early R&B was rowdy dance music, but during the late 70s ‘quiet storm’ era, the genre was largely marked by restraint. The pace here is languid, the arrangements luxurious and precise, and you can’t really dance to it. (It’s exceptional baby-making music though, if you can put on “Let’s Stay Together” with a straight face.) Listen to the rising and falling harmonies of “Have You Seen Her,” the long, generous chorus of “Reunited,” or the barely controlled plea of “Don’t Say Goodnight,” and you’ll find yourself holding your breath without realizing it.
1. Al Green

Let's Stay Together

2. The Chi-Lites

Have You Seen Her

3. Peaches & Herb


4. Teddy Pendergrass

Love T.K.O.

5. Roberta Flack

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

6. Smokey Robinson


7. The Spinners

Games People Play

8. The Stylistics

You Make Me Feel Brand New

9. The O'Jays

Use Ta Be My Girl

10. The Isley Brothers

Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love), Pts. 1 & 2