Sunday, 6 January 2019

Barry White - The Complete 20th Century Records Albums


  

The albums contained in this excellent box set are:-

Just Another Way To Say I Love You (1973)
Stone 'Gon (1973)
Can't Get Enough (1974)
Just Another Way To Say I Love You (1975)
Let The Music Play (1976)
Is This Watcha Want (1976)
Barry White Sings For Someone You Love (1977)
The Man (1978)
I Love To Sing The Songs I Sing (1979)


The sound quality is excellent - clear, defined and also nice and bassy, just as I like it.

The best material is to be found especially on the first three albums, on which Barry White introduced the world to his (at the time) unique brand of lengthy, seductive soul, with often spoken, deep, growling vocals. He often stretched tracks out to eight to ten minutes of intuitive smooching of his lady featuring highly orchestrated, lush and polished instrumental backing. Nobody had attempted this sort of thing before within the soul genre and for three (and a half) albums it was genuinely ground-breaking and innovatory. After "Just Another Way To Say I Love You", however, White's fourth album, disco was beginning to make its presence felt (ironically inspired by White's "Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme" amongst others) and the public's desire for extended smoochers such as White was delivering waned considerably. There were still some notable tracks scattered around on all the albums, but it is on those first three offerings that White's love fire burned at its brightest. A strong shout out for "Let The Music Play", though.

Highly recommended though, the remasterings are excellent and long overdue.

B+

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