Sunday, 28 February 2021

Rose Royce

The Best Of Rose Royce

Rose Royce had some great hits, featuring the underrated voice of Gwen Dickey - notably two outstanding soul slowies in the haunting Love Don't Live Here Anymore, with its famous synth-drum "boing-boing" bit and the equally effective Wishing On A Star. They could also cut it up on the dance floor too with the infectious disco groove of Car Wash and the rousing Is It Love You're After?

Car Wash (1976)

Car Wash/6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock)/I Wanna Get Next To You/Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is/Zig Zag/You're On My Mind/Mid Day DJ Theme/Born To Love You/Daddy Rich/Dialogue/You Gotta Believe/I'm Going Down/Yo-Yo/Sunrise/Righteous Rhythm/Water/Crying/Doin' What Comes Naturally/Keep On Keepin' On

My own personal favourite is the emotional soul of I Wanna Get Next To You - also taken from the wonderful Car Wash soundtrack double album, which contained some fine funky stuff, like Put Your Money Where Your Mouth IsZig Zag and Born To Love You. While, by 1976, this sort of Shaft-Superfly soundtrack seemed a bit like yesterday's thing, it is still highly listenable. Get a load of the fabulously funky Daddy RichYo-Yo and You Gotta Believe, featuring The Pointer Sisters on vocals, as well as the lush, romantic strains of You've Been On My Mind.   

The big ballad I'm Going Down is great too as is Norman Whitfield's blaxploitation-esque Keep On Keepin' On. The film was rubbish though.

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