Shalamar - Friends (Deluxe Edition Reissue) review on blog Soultracks. The article incorrectly lists breakup of Shalamar as 1984, when the trio with Watley, Daniel ended with Hewett staying behind for an additional two albums according to documented press of the time found here on the blog.
Otherwise, pretty good overview of the reissue now available through amazon.com.
From 1978 to 1984, former Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, along with Ohio native Howard Hewett, ruled the R&B charts both stateside and abroad as the vocal group Shalamar. Propelled by the sophisticated production finesse of Leon Sylvers, III and Solar Records' "Throwdown Brothers" rhythm section, the energetic trio delivered six
albums' worth of vibrant modern-soul sung with vibrance and grace.
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