The Main Ingredient CD

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  • The Main Ingredient Were One of the Hippest and Most Happening Soul Groups of the Early ‘70s 

  • This Twofer Presents Two of the Three Albums They Made with Donald McPherson as a Member, Including Their Debut Album, L.T.D. 

  • Both Albums Make Their Worldwide CD Debut 

  • Includes a Bonus B-Side, “Psychedelic Ride” 

  • Liner Notes by Kevin Goins 

  • Remastered byVic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC

Originally formed in 1964 and known as The Poets, the New York-based trio of Luther Simmons Jr., Tony Silvester and Donald McPherson recorded a couple of singles for RCA Records before a name change in 1968 to The Main Ingredient. Their first album, L.T.D. (from the initials of each member), was released in 1970 and consisted of six original songs penned by the group along with a medley of two songs written by Jimmy Webb, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman,” both originally recorded by Glen Campbell; and a cover of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” Production was primarily by renowned arranger Bert DeCoteaux (who would later become a co-producer with Tony Silvester of hits for Ben E. King, Sister Sledge and others), with one track produced by acclaimed New York conductor/arranger Horace Ott.  The album contained four singles, one of which, “You’ve Been My Inspiration,” was a Top 30 R&B hit.

After a follow-up album, Tasteful Soul, the group self-produced their third release, 1971’s Black Seeds, which boasted two singles with “Black Seeds Keep On Growing,” a black empowerment anthem penned by McPherson, reaching No. 15 on the U.S. R&B charts.  Sadly, after a sudden and unexpected illness, McPherson succumbed to leukemia before the LP was released. The album was dedicated to his memory by the two remaining members, who added Cuba Gooding, Sr. as their third member in 1972.

Real Gone Music in association with SoulMusic Records is proud to present these two rare albums on CD for the first time worldwide, along with a bonus B-side, “Psychedelic Ride,” with remastering by Vic Anesini at Sony’s own Battery Studios. Liner notes by acclaimed writer Kevin Goins document the early years of this important mainstay R&B group of the ‘70s. 



1.  Can't Stand Your Love 

2.  You've Been My Inspiration    

3.  I Was Born to Lose You          

4.  Magic Shoes      

5. By the Time I Get to Phoenix / Wichita Lineman    

6.  Brotherly Love    

7.  The Girl I Left Behind    

8.  Life Won't Be the Same (Without You)       

9.  Una Bella Melodia Braziliania

10. Get Back

Bonus B-Side

11. Psychedelic Ride

Black Seeds

12. Black Seeds Keep On Growing         

13.  I'm Leaving This Time

14.  Movin' On       

15.  Baby Change Your Mind       

16.  Another Day Has Come         

17.  You Ain't Got It No Way          

18.  I've Fallen for You      

19.  Don't Wonder Why      

20.  Just Say It Again         

21.  It's So Sweet (Loving You)   

22. Why Can't We All Unite  

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