Boomkat Product Review:
You can imagine an album title like that coaxing a 'giggety' or two out of Glen Quagmire, can't you? That's right, this soul quartet from Columbus, Ohio's mighty Capsoul label want to row their respective boats gently down your stream yet far from being a salacious or sleazy affair, this album combines sweet vocal harmonies with beautiful arrangements from Dean Francis. No need to take my word for it though, Dante Carfagna of Wax Poetics and Express Rising fame provides an introduction to the album, billing it as "a creative zenith" within Ohio's '60s and '70s soul scene. The original issue of Gently Down Your Stream wasn't in keeping with your classic album format as such, and instead took the form of a singles collection, compiling five seven-inches and throwing an extra track into the bargain. This being a Numero reissue, there's a selection of previously unheard tracks beyond that however, culled from rehearsal recordings. Followers of the Eccentric Soul series will lap this up, but even if you're not a vintage soul devotee yourself, you're still bound to find yourself won over by those lavish arrangements. Recommended.