2001, KISS Catalog Ltd.


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What Happens In The Darkness

Tamy Lester Smith

Written by Tamy Lester Smith in 1971 with the song's copyright being registered in January 1972. Around the time that Wicked Lester were recording their album, the song was released as a single (MCA/Uni 55327) by the gospel-R&B band "Infinity." Tamy later wrote material for the Jackson 5. The Wicked Lester version varies only slightly from the Infinity recording, where female and male singers traded off vocals, similar to how Gene and Paul handled the vocals on their version.

Paul has also commented that few people have heard the Wicked Lester album playing at the correct speed, the tempo of the alternate version of the song would seem to make this version illustrative of his point. However, at 3:16 the song is longer than the album version, though it does definitely sound speeded up due to the tempo and pitch. The introduction of the song varies from the album version, starting with the rhythm guitar pattern kicking in first. Gene still sings the break, though there are no lead overdubs on top of the piano. A third "remix" version was completed for the Universal "Box Set" in 2001.

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