Label: Hip-O Select
Formats: 3-CD set, MP3
Release date: September 20, 2011
By the late 1970s and heading into the 1980s, Motown’s successes of earlier years had reached a sharp decline. With Holland-Dozier-Holland leaving in 1967, followed by many of Motown’s original artists, there was an internal crisis as the record company tried to stay afloat amidst changing musical tastes. By the 1980s, Motown had become a shadow of its former self. However, the company generated some success in the adult contemporary market, mainly through the songs of DeBarge. From 1981–1985, the sibling quintet garnered several hits for Motown, namely “Time Will Reveal” and “Rhythm of the Night.”
Following is the music video for “Rhythm of the Night”:
DeBarge produced four solid albums, three of which went gold, before leaving Motown in 1987 and disbanding not long thereafter. Hip-O Select has now re-released all four of the group’s Motown albums—The Debarges (1981), All This Love (1982), In a Special Way (1983) and Rhythm of the Night (1985)—on the limited edition set Time Will Reveal. The third disc “Remixes & Rarities” is a compilation of various instrumental mixes and deep cuts that any longtime fan or someone being introduced to the group for the first time would enjoy. Finally, the glossy accompanying booklet details the history of DeBarge, combined with images of the original album covers, preserving the history of this successful ‘80s Motown group.
Reviewed by Ian Hallagan