Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Barry White- Stone 'Gon (1973)
Released October 1973
Just a few months after his adventurous, but at times patchy, debut album, Barry White was back with his mixing of spoken “seductive” monologues with sweet, laid-back, sexy soul into extended outings. Backed by musicians of the highest order, as with the previous album, these extended workouts meant albums of only five songs. Isaac Hayes had laid down the blueprint for this sort of thing, whereas his songs tended to remain one-paced throughout the groove, White’s songs often started slowly, with a growling spoken intro and eventually morphed into a climactic finale when the meat of the song kicks in and, comparatively, orgasm is achieved, albeit aurally.
Edited versions of some of the songs became big chart hits. The two on here are the more rhythmic “Honey Please Can’t Ya See” and the very big selling, still popular “Never Never Gonna Give You Up”. He was a big chart star by now, and better was to come in his year of triumph, 1974.
The other tracks on the album, the somewhat ponderous "Girl It's True, Yes I'll Always Love You", "You're My Baby" and "Hard To Believe That I Found You" (oh, those long, wordy titles!) follow the same slow seduction, wine and candlelight theme and are all pretty effective. For the half hour or so that these albums last, it is fine. Any longer than that, though, and one is wanting something a bit different.