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January 20, 2021 1 min read

The Main Ingredient - Bitter Sweet (RCA, 1972)
The Main Ingredient - Bitter Sweet (RCA, 1972)
This sweet-sounding R&B outfit found their stride in the early-70s with its 4th album, the Grammy-nominated “Bitter Sweet.” It is the first release by The Main Ingredient to feature Cuba Gooding Sr as lead vocalist (Gooding replaced Donald McPherson who tragically died of leukemia in 1971). The album contains their biggest hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which spent three weeks at no. 2. “Everybody Plays the Fool” is one of those great pop songs that would have worked if written and recorded in any era; that flute cannot be denied! That said, there’s really not a bad cut on this album. Favorite tracks: “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “You’ve Got to Take It,” and “Who Can I Turn To?"