Monday, 7 January 2019

Barry White - Is This Watcha Wont (1976)


  

Released November 1976

No new boundaries were crossed with this five-track album from Barry White. He ploughed the same furrow of orchestrated, highly polished extended love anthems and catchy disco-ish numbers. He does it really well, of course, but there was nothing innovative or new here to make the album stand out. The sound quality on the latest 2018 remaster is outstanding though. The album is pretty formulaic, though, and what seemed so ground-breaking and new in 1973-74 now seemed a lot like we had heard it all before. That doesn't mean it is not an enjoyable album. It is.

TRACK LISTING

1. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
2. Your Love - So Good I Can Taste It
3. I'm Qualified To Satisfy You
4. I Wanna Lay Down With You Baby
5. Now I'm Gonna Make Love To You

"Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" was a number 17 hit in the UK and is a proto-disco, upbeat and singalong number. It is one of his more underrated singles. The mammoth twelve-minute opus of "Your Love - So Good I Can Taste It" has six minutes of gentle beautifully-orchestrated instrumental before Barry arrives with a gruff, semi-spoken vocal and the rhythm gets chunkier and slightly funky, guitar-wise. Eventually, eight minutes in, he breaks into song. The track is basically two separate entities, and possibly should have been recorded as such, however, they ease seamlessly into each other to good effect.

"I'm Qualified To Satisfy You" is a lively, Philadelphia-sounding number with an intro a bit like Harold Melvin's "Satisfaction Guaranteed". It is one of White's most energetic numbers. Highly enjoyable. "I Wanna Lay Down With You Baby" is back to extended, slow, spoken groove of serious lovin'. "I just love to undress you" growls Barry. Indeed. The sumptuous bass line is like an increased heartbeat as the pace gets more insistent and the sensual lengthy intro breaks into a gently addictive piece of seductive soul. It is actually quite beautiful and again has seriously good remastered sound quality.

"Now I'm Gonna Make Love To You" is another sweeping string-backed Philly-style disco-influenced groover. The album has been a nice mix of the upbeat and the sensual. As i said, it offers nothing new but it is certainly an enjoyable listen. In fact, it is a bit underrated alongside White's other albums.

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