You make your own heaven and hell right here on earth....
Released January 1972
1. You Make You Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth
2. What It Is?
3. Ungena Za Ulimwenga (Unite The World)
4. Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
5. Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me
6. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
7. What's Going On
The first of the seven tracks, You Make You Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth is slower than The Temptations' version and it really gets the message across. What It Is? is upbeat, lively and full to the brim with pulsating funky soul. Joe Harris, Brenda Joyce and Billie Calvin lay down some fantastic vocals here and throughout this impressive album. The sound is also absolutely wonderful in its remastered format. Big, warm, full and bassy. The first huge production track is Ungena Za Ulimwenga (Unite The World) which is merged with Gladys Knight's Friendship Train to deliver one hell of a message for racial and cultural unity.
Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) is a short, sharp, pounding single-style cut, as indeed is the bassy, rhythmic take on Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me. This album has it all. It really was a golden age for soul/funk. They don't make albums like this anymore. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me is magically soulful with one sublime vocal. Superb. Marvin Gaye's iconic What's Goin' On is given a nine-minute, extended soul workout full of killer vocals and infectious percussion. It is the match of the original. This is a most underrated, highly recommended album. Ain't that the truth. Can you dig it?