Cherished on both sides of the Atlantic, but sadly only in specialist circles, The Montclairs are loved for their sweet soul ballads by U.S. collectors and for their uptempo sides by the U.K.´s northern & modern soul aficionados. Written by the group´s main man Phil Perry (who also sings lead on this, as with most their releases) "Unwanted Love" is a nothing less then a gem. Flip it over, and "Beggin´Is Hard To Do" will do it for most balladeers out there. Perry is aptly supported on this 1972 release by Kevin Sanlin, George McClellan, David Frye and Clifford Williams which was the group´s line-up for all their releases but one (on their last Paula 45 "Baby, You Know I´m Gonna Miss You" Williams is missing because he was drafted).
Perry turns most of the groups records into nice double-headers, with a dancer on one side and a ballad on the other. The Montclairs released no less than seven 45s on Stan Lewis´ Paula label, which they recorded in Shreveport LA. - home to Paula records and its sister label Jewel (also owned by Lewis). The Montclairs had previously recorded on local St. Louis labels like Arch, Vanessa and United International but without any success. After five years at Paula records The Montclairs decided to call it quits and shortly after Phil Perry became a solo artist as well as recording as a duo with old Montclairs member Kevin Sanlin.