Happy Being Lonely / Fantastic Chi-Lites [Import]
Digitally remastered two-fer from the Soul legends features two rare albums recorded for Mercury Records in the mid-'70s: Happy Being Lonely and the Fantastic Chi-Lites. Among the musicians featured on Happy Being Lonely are members of the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section, Chicago stalwart and album co-producer Tom-Tom Washington, famed saxman Willie Henderson and super-guitarist Phil Upchurch; and singer Barbara Acklin on background vocals. The Fantastic Chi-Lites was recorded at famed Sigma Sound Studios, the album was produced by Richard Rome. Musicians on the sessions include renowned Philly session guitarist Bobby Eli, with strings and horns conducted by Don Renaldo (of MFSB). Motown superstar Stevie Wonder is a special guest on the track, "If I Had a Girl."