Millie Jackson had recorded one album, and a couple of singles had been well received, before she hit on a concept which was to elevate her to Soul stardom - she put together an album of songs which told a story, and linked each with a spoken "rap", some of which became as famous as the songs.
Starting with a track which had been a massive Soul hit for Luther Ingram was a great idea. Putting a 5 minute break in the middle, where the other woman could put her side of the story, was sheer genius - and Millie tells it exactly as it is warts and all. The reality of being the other woman does begin to wear thin though, and she confronts the wife on "All I Want is a Fighting Chance" while "Tired of Hiding" brings things to a head. This closes what was the original side 1 on vinyl.
Millie switches seamlessly into the Wife's role next, and she is mad and she is gonna let him know. For me the four tracks that make up the wife's account rank as some of the best Soul recorded EVER. The emotions range from anger and accusation to resignation and regret and more - and Ms Jackson conveys each and every one. THe most surprising interpretation has to be "Summer(The First Time)", here turned into a smouldering reminiscence.
I cannot recommend this album highly enough - it has been part of my collection since it's release in 1974, and seldom long from the current playlist. Buy it and listen to it in it's entirety, the oldest story there is, that of love and loss. Seldom has it been better told.