Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sister Sledge - Circle Of Love (1975)


Released January 1975

Recorded at Media Sound Studios, New York City

From 1975, three or four years before Sister Sledge hit the big time with "He's The Greatest Dancer" and "We Are Family", this is an impressive debt and a truly excellent seventies soul album.

Kicking off with the Detroit Spinners-ish "Circle Of Love (Caught In The Middle)". Full of wah-wah guitar, sweeping strings and a kick posterior vocal. It is a pleasure to listen to. Should have been a hit. Next up is the Chi-Lite's-ish beautiful slowie "Cross My Heart". Across all these tracks, the sound quality is excellent. Not sure if it remastered but it certainly sounds it (I bought it as an Amazon download). 15 year-old Kathy Sledge's vocals are a revelation on this album. Then we go a bit disco with a Three Degrees soundalike in the upbeat disco funk of "Protect Our Love". Yes, the sisters often sound like other established soul groups but their voices and harmonies help to put their own stamp on things. "Give In To Love" is another beautiful ballad.

The funk is back with the "Love Don't Go Through No Changes On Me". "Don't You Miss Him Now" has a Millie Jackson-style spoken intro and a lovely vocal. "Pain Reliever" is classic mid-seventies highly orchestrated disco. "You're Better Off Loving Me" is a heartbreaker and the album closes with "Fireman" a funky cooker with a dirty backing.

All in all a good seventies soul album.


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