Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Barry White - I've Got So Much To Give (1973)

It feels so good, you lying here next to me....


Released March 1973


1. Standing In The Shadows of Love
2. Bring Back My Yesterday
3. I've Found Someone
4. I've Got So Much To Give
5. Im Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby          

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.

Below is a clip of Barry performing I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby


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