Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Angela Bofill - The Essential Angela Bofill

  

One of the great “forgotten soul voices”, along with Laura Lee and Tommie Young. Angela Bofill was not as “down and dirty” and “Memphis” as the afore-mentioned two singers. She exuded a Diana Ross-esque class in both her appearance and her immaculate vocal delivery. Quite why she never really made it other than with serious soul aficionados is a bit of a mystery.

The laid-back sweet soul of “I’m On Your Side” and the stunning, majestic soulful beauty of “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter” and “The Only Thing I Could Wish For” are examples of just how damn good this lady was. “Tell Me Tomorrow” is a piece of Randy Crawford-style smoochy soul, as is “You Should Know By Now”. There is also the sumptuous, beautifully sung "Tonight I Give In".

Angela also impressively covers the Diana Ross/Marvin Gaye and Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell numbers “Stop Look Listen” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing”. She also could deliver an 80s style funk workout too, such as on tracks like “Is This A Dream” and the down’n’ dirty funk of “Rough Times”, which has a great guitar solo at mid point. “Let Me Be The One” is in a typical late 80s/early 90s soul style. Late night wine bar stuff.

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