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Detroit Emeralds
 

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The Detroit Emeralds were a second generation vocal group that emerged from the Motor City in the aftermath of Motown's relocation to California. Oddly enough, they were originally from Arkansas, but quickly realized there was not much opportunity there and headed to Detroit.

They joined the roster of Westbound and hit paydirt on "Feel the Need," an uptempo number sometimes cited as an early disco single.   Other notable songs are "You Want It, You Got It," "You're Getting A Little Too Smart," and "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms," all popular among samplers for their drum intros.

A more disco-oriented remake of "Feel the Need" in 1977 was their final chart entry.  Group members James Mitchell and Marvin Willis soon left to form the Floaters, whose "Float On" (all 11 minutes of it) is a quiet storm classic.

Detroit Emeralds' Deepest Grooves

Do Me Right (Westbound, 1971)

You Want It You Got It, Feel The Need (Westbound, 1972)

Abe, James and Ivory (Westbound, 1973)

Feel the Need (Westbound, 1973)

Greatest Hits (Phantom, 1990s)

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