Led by singer Clem Curtis
' hard-shouting vocals and blessed with solid songs from producer Tony Macaulay, the Foundations
were easily Britain's finest soul band during the late '60s. With songs like "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup" (both included here), this multiracial group managed to sound pure Motown, and anyone hearing one of their songs on the radio for the first time could be forgiven for thinking it was the Four Tops
or a David Ruffin
. This collection has the essential hits and a couple of well-chosen covers, and closes with three live tracks (including a breezy take on the Bacharach
gem "The Look of Love") that reveal the Foundations
to be a solid show band, horns and all.