Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Barry White - I've Got So Much To Give (1973)
Released March 1973
Firstly, the remastered sound on this CD is superb. No question. Clear, warm, bassy etc etc.On to the album I have always had a problem. Great to hear the two great singles in the fully extended form - his first big hit "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby" and the lesser-selling "I've Got So Much To Give" but it is the first two cuts that have never done it for me. Barry's cover of The Four Tops' "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" is, to be perfectly honest, a bit of a mess. Some of Isaac Hayes' extended covers of soul classics suffer similarly, but not as badly as this one. For me, it just never takes off. I'll stick to the original, unfortunately.
Then there is "Bring Back My Yesterday". Again, I just find this one disorganised and at times discordant as if Barry hadn't quite found his groove yet. "I've Found Someone" is a bit better, but there is far better to be found on "Stone 'Gon", "Can't Get Enough" and "Just Another Way To Say I Love You".
Sorry, Barry. Still love you. The "loverman" thing is ok with me too, Just an amusing/appealing thing of the age.