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Thursday, 12 February 2015

David Bowie - changesonebowie RCA CD (1984)



An early best of Bowie but a soundtrack to the first half of the 70s as well.  Artwork followed standard of Station To Station and it works well.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane RCA CD (1984)


As a 15 year old in 1973 this was one of the releases we were waiting for, could he follow Ziggy?  Absolutely yes he could.  Remains my favourite Bowie album.  I converted it to CD in 1984 as part of the team at RCA.  There are two mistakes on the artwork (or possible misjudgements)  firstly moving the artist's name to the left hand side to accommodate the corporate RCA CD logo and secondly the (c) date on the back of the booklet and the inlay reads (c) 1981 when they should read (c)1973.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Billy Joel - Turnstiles (1976)


Billy Joel appeared on my radar via Capital Radio's much respected drive time show hosted by the late great Roger Scott. Billy had an earlier hit in"Piano Man" which I didn't really appreciate at the time. Scott was a true fan and plugged his favourites with great enthusiasm, sad that programming and the celeb "DJ" has put an end to that. So when "Moving Out (Anthony's Song) was issued it got heavy rotation on Capital. It was a good intro to what proved to be a great hit album ("The Stranger").
I discovered Turnstiles around the same time when my mother played her new, very different , Barbra Streisand album ("Superman"). One song "New York State Of Mind" really struck me and seeing Joel as the composer I looked for the album. It is bloody marvellous. Wonderful songs, "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" (later covered by Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band); "James" and; "Angry Young Man"; and obviously NYSOM.

Mid 70's singer songwriter stuff particularly American was getting a bad name (possibly rightfully so due to some bland west coast output). It seemed that Joel was part of a new generation. Not a hangover from the 60's but a new name (yes with a history but out of the mainstream and public eye here in the UK).  He was smooth but had an everyman approach.

He obviously went on to huge success after this via ("The Stranger") and "An Innocent Man"; has a great string of classic hits but behind it is a treasure of high crafted albums by someone well aware of not only the value of his various influencess but of the art of story telling - it' a great combination.
Start here and follow quickly with "The Stranger"; "An Innocent Man" and "Storm Front". If in doubt one of the many hits comps will convince- but my advice is go deeper via these albums in sequence and they'll remain favourites.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Undisputed Truth - Face To Face With The Truth (1972)

 
You have to have this.
Norman Whitfield at his very best - giving this his second string his full attention and reinventing some Motown classics in his own way as a result.  This is Motown as soul not pop but the benefit is obvious.  The man reinvented the label after Holland Dozier Holland defected in my view - not that he wasn't succesful beforehand.
 
The stand out here is the slow burn of "What's Going On" (worth it for the really crying guitar track alone)  - how can anyone do this within a year of MPG and still deliver a definitive version.  Brave or just darn mad? but so good.  Other songs are familiar in name but differ in arrangement "Take Me In Your Arms" beautiful; "Heaven and Hell Right Here On Earth" poignant; "What It Is" a funky workout; "Superstar" surpasses Norman's take with the Temps (and for me that's saying something special).
 
You've got to have this record

Thank God It's Friday (1978)


This seems to have got better with age - a poor movie strung together with a few hits, some no hope tracks and some decent stuff.  A Casablanca double album with an additional 12" single of Donna Summer doing J'Taime (Moi Non Plus)  produced by her aces Moroder and Bellotte.  Other highlights are Natural Juices Floyd's Theme, Summer's stand alone hit "Last Dance" and Paul Jabara's pop hit "Trapped In A Stairway".  I have to say the billing for the movie as the next "Fever" was overdone but Casablanca still shifted van loads of this - swelling their ever draining funds (a complete other story - well documented in Larry Harris' label history "And Party Everyday").  Canny label heads got together with Gordy's Motown to co-produce the film, licensing hit tracks from Diana Ross, Thelma Houston and the Commodores to boost the set but basically the two and a half LPs were a stretch and a shorter highlights could have been a better seller.  The film is dire - watch it when wide awake or wanting of sleep!

Donna Summer RIP

Bill Withers - Just As I Am (1971)


Bill's debut. and what a way to start.  Gritty but danceable soul anthem "Harlem" together with the plaintive tender love song that is "Ain't No Sunshine".  His interpretations of "Let It Be" and "Everybody's Talkin" both stand up as he makes them his own.  To the fore are the personal writings of a regular guy whether talking about relationships with girls or recalling his "Grandma's Hands".  This later track would be covered by many, latterly on John Legend and The Roots "Wake Up" which was a faithful but full-on tribute to a classic.  I love "Do It Good" and "Hope She'll Be Happier With Him"

This is a great album which together with the follow-up "Still Bill" shows how to start a career - they still feature on my playlist with great regularity.  Both of these are available on CD and as a twofer on one CD from Raven Records.  If you don't have them you are missing out.

Another album from that classic year 1971

Friday, 11 May 2012

10cc - The Original Soundtrack (1973)

My favourite 10cc album - with "Second Sitting For The Last Supper" - an heavier track than you get with most 10cc fare.  What they were known for - fantastic 4 minute story telling is also featured here in the shape of one of the greatest British singles ever made - the classic "I'm Not In Love".  The mix of Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and Graham Gouldman was a foursome made in heaven and, whilst Stewart and Gouldman carried on the 10cc brand long after the other two went stage right (and had major hit success) the albums didn't meet this standard.  This, "How Dare You" and "Sheet Music" are full on albums and have to be heard in their entirety.  The later ones, Especially "Deceptive Bends" came close but were more patchy in my view.  The suite "One Night In Paris" is their Bohemian Rhapsody (before such a thing existed - maybe they paved the way) and they deserve recognition for producing a string of well written, fantastically produced and complete pop albums - which progressed with each new release.  Start with "Sheet Music" but get to this treat fast.

Mercury/PhonoGram
CD has two additional tracks

Monday, 19 March 2012

Robert Palmer - Double Fun (1978)


He's at it again - I really like that we can expect a great story type cover from these releases.

Now, if you were going to buy just one RP album this is the one I would recommend.  It has all the funk playing and soulful singing of the earlier three (see below) and the strings and arrangements learnt from playing and recording with the best.  The story goes that these tracks were recorded mostly then remixed by Tom Moulton (who would around this time remix a lot of Philly soul for the dance crowd, also see Gloria Gaynor) - so much was his influence that Tom ended up with the producer credit on many of these final cuts.  I'd like to hear the originals as they would show just how far Palmer had got with his mission to deliver US funk (is there any other kind) in a British way.

No end of great racks here, Andy Fraser's "Every Kinda People" and title track "Best Of Both Worlds" continues the theme with the rockier "You're Gonna Get What's Coming" and a fine version of the Kink's "You Really Got Me ".  "You Overwhelm Me" brings on strings in the Gene Page vein.  One of those albums I have to play in it's entirety - not just a recommend on this one - just go and get it - now!

footnote: Much of Palmer's career, certainly the early albums in this run of posts, features in the book - Are We Still Rolling? by Engineer and Palmer's friend, Phill Brown

Robert Palmer - Some People Can Do What They Like (1976)


Makes great music and gives great covers - this one features strip poker win with Playboy gril Denise Michele.  Third in the trio of southern soul funk influenced albums that broke the mould for british soul boys - no one from these shores had done this sort of work before.  Little Feat were there again alongside stUnfortunately under appreciated in the face of later sounds of "Clues" (electronics) and "Secrets" (soft rock) and "Riptide" (80s power pop) - all good but working through the history of RPs releases is a quality journey worth embarking upon.  Of the three this was the point where he needed to change - it's good but the songs aren't so immediate.  The change was good as next came "Double Fun"....

Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop (1975)


Here's Robert Palmer in early cool.  Another of his LP covers with some aspect of sex in it - this  would be a feature of his sets for Island.  This, his second, album continues on the same vein as "Sneakin'" and takes it a bit further.  The basic tracks were recorded around during the same period as that excellent first album.  Thi has the benefit of Gene Page arranged strings (known for his work with Barry White).  My favourites here are "Work To Make It Work"; Give Me An Inch"; "Back In My Arms" and; "Which Of Us Is The Fool?" engineered by Phill Brown and produced by Steve Smith.  Lowell George and Little Feat feature again. I came across this in a library in Camden along with an early Vinegar Joe album which of course featured RP and Elkie Brooks on vocals.  Highly recommended.  Give Me An Inch has been covered but never surpassed.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley (1974)



My first knowledge of Robert Palmer the solo artist was from hearing a great band play the first three tunes from this in the Green Man pub in Leytonstone.  It was a favourite place at weekends in the 70s and the quality was very high.  In "74 the house band played "Sailing Shoes", "Sneaking Sally" and "Hey Julia" as one long sequed medley in their set - just as it can be found here.  I thank them for the introduction as this and subsequent albums from Mr Palmer are amongst my favourites.  The base tracks were recorded at Muscle Shoals, in Alabama, in New Orleans with members of the Meters and, with Lowell George of Little Feat - what a way to start.  The feel of this is soundly a British white soul album and with the class of musicians involved and Palmer (and producer Steve Smith's) vision of how it should be - the results are amazing.  The original tracks are from an initial list of songs which also bacame the base for the follow-up  "Pressure Drop" - another gem.  Phill Brown's Book - "Are We Still Rolling?" - narrates the recording of these two albums and informs the idea of a quest for the right feel and sound for this Yorkshire boy making fabulous american music in his own way.  This was actually quite ground breaking in it's straightforward approach - I was a soul fan who did think that white men could sing the blues - if ever i needed evidence this was there waiting.
Seek this and his others out in their original forms - as albums - and forget all those compilations of Palmer's work.

A note on the artwork - aparently the cover shot was taken in the middle of the night in the Heathrow airport tunnel with the photographer hanging out of the back of a pick up.  Palmer fans would see him wearing that rocket/bullet belt in various shots and get used to the Robert with beautiful woman covers - this was long before the image projected by the "Addicted To Love" video.
Island Records

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Man On The Moon (1969)



To commemorate the first moon landings in July 1969 Philips put out a single via the Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK.  This included the radio transmissions from the moon and included the welcome back; the Kennedy speech committing the US to go to the moon within a decade; the first words from the surface "One small step..." etc.  The pack includes graphics of the trip (a Map!); schematics of the Saturn 5 rocket and the various stages  of seperation to the Command and service modules and the LEM itself.  This was rushed out and (I was told) issued within three weeks of the astronauts return.
Combines my two main interests at the time - records and space travel!

Philips Special Projects - 88457 DE

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Marvin Gaye Live At The London Palladium (1977)



This is from the later dates added to the original tour of Sepember 1976.  I was lucky enough to attend the first gig at the Royal Albert Hall and so this has a special importance for me (see Review). This represents the last tour Marvin made in the UK.  It was just before his exile to Belgium and subsequent return to the top of the charts with "Sexual Healing" and his eventual return home to the USA - their were a couple of tours stateside after this.

The album runs the career of Marvin through his original solo hit; his duets period and the later, more mature "What's Going On" through "I Want You " albums.  The live set fills three of the four sides here with the the final side gien over to a full length version of the later hit "Got To Give It Up".

the full tracklisting is:-
1. Intro
2. All The Way 'round
3. Since I Had You
4. Come Get To This
5. Let's Get It On
6. Trouble Man
7. Medley #1
Ain't That Peculiar/Wonderful One/
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow/Pride and Joy/
Little Darling/Grapevine/Hitchhike/
You/Too Busy Thinking 'Bout May Baby/
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
8. Medley #2
Inner City Blues/God Is Love/What's Going On/Save The Children
9. Medley #3 (with Florence Lyles)
You're All I Need To Get By/Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing/
Your Precious Love/It Takes Two/Ain't No Mountain High Enough
10. Distant Lover
11. Closing Theme
12. Got To Give It Up (studio 11'.54")

It is a good live album, a good record of a long and varied career and with a whopping bonus of the studio track - a worthwhile find.

This was released as a double album in 1977 and
then as a single CD in 1986 (orginal number ZD 72213) - the art was scanned of the Cd


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gloria Gaynor - Never Can Say Goodbye (1975)


The great disco album of 1975 - this was a game changing album which was a pre-cursor for the genre to come - long instrumental passages with the song in their somewhere.  It's said that Gloria wasn't best pleased when she heard the results (due to her lack of presence for most of the time) but she was wrong this is a great album particularly side A which features just sublime disco versions of Reach Out, Honey Bee and Never Can Say Goodbye.  Here's a radio interview with her and producer Tom Moulton about the making of this.


There is a CD release on this with a number of added songs - worth every penny (probably cent as you'll end up getting from the US)

Here's a review of the LP when released in 1975 from Blues and Soul.
 UK: MGM 2315 321
(cover shown is US version but same art was used - see my second hand purchase price!)

Monday, 9 January 2012

Avoiding The Bleedin' Obvious

On reviewing my posts over the last year or so I realise that, for some reason, I have avoided my ultimate must have records from this blog.  My intention was to post about sleeves that I have that are potentially lost and possibly rare or where I have a personal story to tell around them.  I acknowledge that nothing is infinitely gone these days as a constant search on the internet tends to turn things up at some point.  But I have shied away from some of own personal heroes and favourites as they are, well obvious. This is going to change so expect lots of Motown, Philly, Stax, Atlantic etc etc...

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Chairmen Of The Board - In Session (1970)


When the Holland brothers and their partner Lamont Dozier left Motown everyone held their breath.  Would Motown survive? - Yes of course, the depth of talent was able to carry the roster through the loss of it's greatest hit makers.  But what would H-D-H do next?  They formed Invictus, a new label, signing a large number of artists the best of which were Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne.  This is the Chairmen's first album and features a range - pop singles "Pay To The Piper" and Bluesy anthems "Chairmen Of The Board"; a passable version of the now standard "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Was this a nod to Gordy's plan to always incoporate all styles to appeal to a wdier audience? perhaps.  Here was a band in development who would write and deliver a number of hits over the next few years - always supplemented by the H-D-H production magic.  This is a good introduction to the band and i recommend this and the later, superior "Bittersweet".  another album "Skin I'm In" is worth a listen but for me was patchy with the title track and the wonderful "Finder's Keepers" the standouts.

Invictus (via EMI) SVT 1003

Paul Hardcastle - 19 - Extended 12"(1985)




One of the first issues to continually issue remixes to remain high in the charts "19" was released in a number of forms by producer/remixer Paul Hardcastle.  These are two german pressings issued in 1985.  This was a worlwide hit which is not played much these days - but a forerunner in a number of ways.

Extended Version - Chrysalis - 607 796 (B side features "Dolores" and "Fly By Night")

Final Story - Chrysalis - 607 814 (B side features "Destruction Mix")

Blondie - Rapture (Special Disco Mix) 12" (1981)


Undeniably an icon of the eighties pop scene, Debbie Harry made the transition with some credibility from punk to pop star darling through the string of pop singles "Denis", "Hanging On The Telephone", "Rip Her To Shreds", "Call Me" and more.  The album "Parallel Lines" blew them across the world as the acceptable face of the new pop standard.

The tricky later album, "Autoamerican" , saw them move into another emerging genre which has since taken over the world.  "Rapture" was a hip hop record for white folks when it was still seen as a fad from black Brooklyn.  Similar (in the extreme) to The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (itself stealing the great rhythm guitar from Chic).  But they acknowledged the source acknowledging "fast fly freddie" et al as they went.

Marvellous track - I'm not much of a Blondie fan but this is great.

This is a 12" issue to promote the release of the single CHS 12 2485
Chrysalis UK (although made in France for some reason)

Detroit Emeralds - Abe, James and Ivory (1973)


Detroit_Emeralds-You_Want_It_You_Got_It_b.jpgThe Emeralds saw their catalogues issued in a number of ways during the early 1970s.  They hit with "Feel The Need In Me" and that drove the release of an album of the same name with a brown cover (this was on Janus). Then an album called "You Want It You Got It"  to capitalise on the next hit with a cover featuring a woman in a fur coat (found it!) issued on Westbound.

All three feature the same tracks but this is my favourite set.  On Westbound and bringing together some of the newer material and poular sateside tracks like "Wear This Ring (With Love)".  The track "I Think Of You "
 drove sales of this particular issue.  There is a very comprehensive Cd compilation out on Westbound (not sure who that's through these days).

Westbound (via Philips/PolyGram) - 6309 101
(Rebought at a record fair for £8)

Here are some ads from Blues and Soul Magazine - Summer 1973


Charlie Dore - Listen! (1981)


Charlie Dore - was on the scene around the end of the 70s and early 80s releasing this in 1981 on Chrysalis.  More succesful in Europe than the Uk, "Listen" got a bit of airplay but ultimately the album failed to impress the record buying public.  Nice soft rock album.
Features Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather from Toto amongst musicians

Nice Cover Art!
Chrysalis (German) - CHR 1325

Godley And Creme - ISMISM (1981)


The album released following the hit "Weddiing Bells" but also features "Under Your Thumb" - the first release (I think about 10,000) were put out with a punched sleeve making the coloured stripe on the inner bag visible through the artists name.  Later versions were black sleeves with coloured dots spelling out the words.

an album for the fans but the two singles are brilliant.

Polydor - POLD 5043 (UK)

Working Week - Working Nights (1985)


I've talked about many soulful artists from the 70s on these pages but here's one band from the 80's who carried the torch in their own way through the decade.  Their blend of jazz, soul, RnB (the old kind) blew me away.  A german colleague from Sonopress recommended this to me and I have been a fan ever since.

WW featured the vocal talents of Julie Roberts - great voice.

In my book not many people can cover a "What's Going On" track but their jazzy versioon of "Inner City Blues" is a great interpretation.

Also features "Sweet Nothings" - a good single.

Virgin - German issue 206 950



Saturday, 5 November 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011

Elvis - The Collection (1984)

The first Elvis music on CD was issued by RCA in Europe in November 1983 in the form of a 3CD box set called Elvis:The Legend.  This was a 60 track compilation of his classic hits.  The box was a limited edition of 5,000.  The same tracks were recompiled into 4 volumes of a series called The Collection and issued early in 1984.






Read the story of how the box set was produced and released and why from Europe and not the USA here

Volume 1 - PD 89248
Volume 2 - PD 89249
Volume 3 - PD 89472
Volume 4 - PD 89473

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Wah! - The Story Of The Blues (1982)


First of all what a great cover.  This artwork here by Pete Wylie (who is/was Wah!) John McCarthy and Jock Huzzi.
A great single which was released in late 1982 reaching number 3 in the UK singles chart in early 1983.  One of those blissfull peices of 7" plastic that will live on forever.  Superb. Not so the video but it was the 80s and you had to be there!

Wah! - The Story Of The Blues
Eternal/WEA - JF1 (UK 7")

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Persuasions - "More Than Before" (1974)

Tracked down one of my long lost favourites both as a 7" single and as a track on this album. Awful artwork! Good Music!  This includes a "Live Side" with covers of Bobby Womack and Temptations songs together with a studio side where they finally used instruments to (to quote the cover) add " a little instrumental colouring".



US Copy A+M - AMLS 63635

for more about my search for this go to BoyRed's Lost And Found - Persuasions

Monday, 26 September 2011

Bruce Willis - The Return Of Bruno (year)

From The Lost Record Covers Club
You know what? This ain't half bad!

My last days at RCA saw the release of this album and two hit singles from cover versions of "Respect Yourself" and "Under The Boardwalk". He has a fair voice although the hype that surrounded this pushed him above similar talents i'm sure - but he got to play with his heroes in Bonnie Pointer and the Temptations on the two tracks above so who can blame him - the results are pretty good for a second jobber.  I like the track "Comin' Right Up".  Released with the persona of Bruno - the everyman turned soul singer - this milked his fame from Moonlighting and Die Hard.

Produced by Robert Kraft

This is a USA orginal Cat No: 6222ML (this is the copy I used to orginate the CD Cover for the release which was shelved before issue and after my departure)

The CD is now available through Amazon.

45Cat link to Singles Released - http://www.45cat.com/artist/bruce-willis

The Jazz Crusaders - Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes (1970)



The first album from the band that would become, simply, The Crusaders.  Comprised of such talent as Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, Stix Hooper and Wilton Felder, this is an early release on Chisa which had a distribution deal with Motown worldwide.

The track "Way Back Home" written by Felder, would become a single and popular live track for Jr Walker later.  This includes the Lennon-McCartney "Golden Slumbers", Sly's "Thank You For Lettinme ..." and the standard "Rainy Night In Georgia" - in addition to other originals.  Produced by the late and really great Stewart Levine.

This is a Chisa original (that has seen better days cover-wise) Cat No: CS 804

It is now available on CD on the Verve label (owned by Universal who also own Motown)
Cat No: 0602517654365 (aren't bar coded numbers awful)

CCS - CCS



I searched this out after finding my 7" copy of "Tap Turns On The Water" a brilliant single from the early pre-punk 70s.  CCS had a string of hits including "Walking" "Brother" and the TOTP cover of "Whole Lotta Love".  This includes a wonderful full blown version of the the Jacksons' "I Want You Back" and Led Zeps "Black Dog" A big big band led by the master, Alexis Corner.

Produced by Mickie Most.

seen at fairs recently for around £10 - worth it

UK RAK - SRAK 503



dalek i love you - Heartbeat (1981)


This was a completely new track to me and doesn't feature on 45Cat yet.  This is a german pressing with a cover which is surely copied from a still of Redford in "All The President's Men"

I was aware of d-i-l-y from my days at PolyGram when Phonogram were pushing them as the next cool electronic band (OMD/Soft Cell etc)  - it never really happened for them
saleswise but they made interesting music and it has stood the test of time.

This is a Vertigo release from Germany - Cat no: 6080 010.

Kissing The Pink - The Last Film (1983)

From The Lost Record Covers Club

Back in '83 KTP had a minor hit with this.  I'd known the band since Nod Cobb had introduced me to them whlist we were at Phonodisc (Nod went on into A+R - but back then he was a print buyer looking for a way in like me).  He gave me "Mr Blunt" which is worth a punt if you can find a copy.  This is in a similar style.  Nice.

The Last Film - 7" KTP3 (UK Magnet Label)

The Staple Singers - Slippery People (1985)



The Staples are well named - they have been with us forever - and should be a part of everyone's musical diet.  Gospel in the 50s and 60s, part of the rescue roster of Stax in the 70s with all those self belief and politically savvy tunes (Respect Yourself", "You Got To Earn It", "I'll Take you There" are just three), then after a short time with Curtis Mayfiled's Curtom label, they moved to Columbia and showed they remained current and true to their message - this is a Talking Heads track but as always with Staples' covers they make it all their own.  From the "Turning Point" album.


This is the cover from a dutch promo Epic - EPC 4784

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Tymes - The Tymes (1974)

From The Lost Record Covers Club

One of my favourite 70s soul album. Discovered on the back of the singles "Trustmaker" and the massive no1 Uk hit "Ms Grace" this set really hangs together with a great production and set of songs.  The longtime vocal group were well into their second career bythen having emerged in the 50s.  The album was a Philly triumph featuring production by Billy Jackson. Recording was split between the New York RCA studios and Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. Strings and horns throughout were from TSOP (the Sound Of Philadelphia) - possibly including most of MFSB.
Apart from the singles the standouts are  the reworked "So Much In Love"; "Someway, Somehow I'm Keepin' You" and "The Sha-La Bandit" but the crown goes to my must have "Are You Lookin'" which I have seen referred to as "Same Cloud" in other places.  A brilliant vocal perfomance against a top arrangement and gathering crescendo of an ending.
This copy is an orginal US pressing: RCA APL1-0727
available on CD coupled with the "People" album under the collected title "Grace and Favour" 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Syreeta (1972)

By the release of this album in June 1972 Rita Wright was the ex-wife of Stevie Wonder but they were still collaborators and, with a history of writing hits ("If You Really Love Me" and "Signed, Sealed Delivered - I'm Yours" amongst them) it was Wonder who oversaw this debut album.  This was an early release on Motown's new MoWest Label. Syreeta had sung back up on a number of hits previously and been a serious contender as Diana Ross' replacement in the Supremes.


The album is a parallel introduction the the new Wonder who, freed from Motown controls after turning 21, would go on to produce his greatest work; producing ,writing and arranging albums and not just hit singles in the Motown tradition.  Songs here  a Wonder produced version of his earlier recording, "I Love Every Little Thing About You" (from Music Of My Mind released the same year); a cover of Lennon-McCartney's "She's leaving Home" and Smokey's "What Love Has Joined Together".  The killer track for me is "To Know You Is To Love You" which is a duet with a long guitar end segment.

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Heist/Dollar$ Soundtrack (1971)


The Soundtrack album for the film "Dollar$" (known outside the US as "The Heist") - featured artists - Little Richard and Roberta Flack but the gem here is the Quincy Jones track "Money Runner"