Thursday, 25 October 2018

Barry White - The Complete Singles (1973-1979)


This is a truly excellent compilation of all the singles and ‘b’ sides released by Barrry White between 1973 and 1979. Yes, there have been many “Greatest Hits” collections in the past, but this one is different for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it is in chronological order of release and each single is followed by its mostly instrumental ‘b’ side, which was something Barry White did on his 45 rpm singles. There are, of course, extended versions of the songs on all the albums, but these instrumental ‘b’ sides are quite unique in their own right and are a pleasure to listen to, as indeed it was on those original 45s back in the seventies.

Secondly, the remastered sound quality is absolutely superb - full, defined and beautifully bassy, but not at the expense of the rest of the sound. The percussion and keyboards are crystal clear and Barry’s wonderful deep voice is sumptuously sonorous.

I have to say that I enjoy listening to the songs in their full extended versions on the individual albums and that, to a certain extent, the “single versions” are a bit frustrating in that they end too soon, but this is alleviated by the instrumental ‘b’ sides following immeditaely after. This is not really a problem in any way, though, as the satisfaction from this outstanding collection far outweighs any personal nitpicking. Highly recommended.


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