Tavares: Check It Out: Expanded Version

Check It Out: Expanded Version


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  • Release Date 29 June 2015
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Caroline Records (in association with SoulMusic Records) is proud to present the 2015 reissue of CHECK IT OUT, the 1974 debut album by the chartmaking group Tavares, an expanded edition including one bonus track.

Brothers Ralph, Perry (Tiny), Arthur (Pooch), Antone (Chubby) and Feliciano (Butch) - along with their eldest brothers John and Victor – grew up listening to American doo-wop as well as the folk music of their Cape Verde heritage. By 1963, Chubby, Pooch, Butch and Tiny had formed Chubby and the Turnpikes and started performing soul tunes in the Massachusetts area; after Ralph joined them, the group cut two tracks for the New York-based Sue label which were subsequently released by Capitol Records.

In 1973, Brian Panella - a former record promotion man - became Tavares’ manager and brought them to the attention of executive Larkin Arnold, who established a black music department at Capitol. A first single, “Check It Out,” a cover of a song previously recorded by the group Friends Of Distinction, produced in Memphis by guitarist Robert ‘Boogie’ Bowles got immediate reaction from radio stations in the U.S., reaching No. 15 on the R&B charts and No. 35 on the U.S. pop charts.

Bowles produced two other tracks he’d written, the standout ballad, “I’m In Love” and “The Judgement Day,” which was released as the ‘B’ side of “Check It Out” and is included as the bonus track for this 2015 reissue.

Subsequently, Capitol hired former Motown producer/songwriter Johnny Bristol, fresh from a stint at Columbia Records (working with Boz Scaggs and Johnny Mathis among others) to complete a first album by Tavares. Highlights include “That’s The Sound That Lonely Makes,” a Top 10 U.S. R&B single; a version of Billy Preston’s “Little Girl” and a number of key Bristol-penned compositions including “Strangers In Dark Corners” along with two songs by the team of Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter who would gone on to produce the next two Capitol albums by the group.

With remastering by Alan Wilson, artwork by Roger Williams and notes by renowned U.S. writer Kevin Goins, this 2015 expanded edition of CHECK IT OUT(a Top 20 R&B Album in the U.S.) signaled the beginning of a seven-year tenure with Capitol that established Tavares as international hitmakers.


1. If That's The Way You Want It
2. Strangers In Dark Corners
3. That's The Sound That Lonely Makes
4. Check It Out
5. Wish You Were With Me Mary
6. I'll Never Say Never Again
7. Little Girl
8. Let's Make The Best Of What We've Got
9. I'm In Love
10. Mama's Little Girl
11. The Judgement Day
12. That's The Sound That Lonely Makes