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Choosing You

Lenny Williams Audio CD
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"Girl, you know I-I-I-I love you/No matter what I do..."

It was THE scene: Steve Harvey lip-synching these words in The Original Kings Of Comedy, the smash hit tour and film of summer 2000, as the crowd crooned along to Lenny Williams and his classic ballad "'Cause I Love You."

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soulmusic Records
  • ASIN: B00HEQGSAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!
2. Look Up With Your Mind
3. Choosing You
4. Riding The High Wire
5. Please Don't Tempt Me
6. I've Been Away For Too Long
7. Trust In Me
8. Problem Solver
9. Choosing You (US Single Edit)
10. Choosing You (US Mono Version)
11. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh! (US Mono Single)
12. Look Up With Your Mind (US Single Edit)

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Considered one of the premier black male vocalists of the 70's, Arkansas-born, California-raised Lenny Williams first came to the attention of the U.S. record-buying public as the lead singer for funk/soul band Tower Of Power from 1972-1975 on now-classic hits such as 'What Is Hip?' and 'So Very Hard To Go'. The soulful singers early attempts at launching a solo career (first with Fantasy Records, then briefly at Atlantic in 1971) had been challenging; a one-off solo LP with Warner Brothers - 'Pray For The Lion' in 1974 (while still a member of ToP), whilst critically-acclaimed, it didn't register sales-wise and nor did the 1975 release of the Motown album 'Rise Sleeping Beauty'. Renowned black music executive Otis Smith signed Lenny to ABC Records in 1977, teaming him with former Motown producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others). Thanks to strong club airplay for the upbeat title track and the single 'Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!' (US Top R&B Singles #31), the 'Choosing You' LP proved to be the turning point in Lennys solo career, reaching No.25 on the US Top R&B Albums chart. Outstanding cuts included the ballad 'Ive Been Away For Too Long', the inspirational 'Problem Solver' and the dance-flavoured 'Look Up With Your Mind'.

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1. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!
2. Look Up With Your Mind
3. Choosing You
4. Riding The High Wire
5. Please Don't Tempt Me
6. I've Been Away For Too Long
7. Trust In Me
8. Problem Solver
9. Choosing You (US Single Edit)
10. Choosing You (US Mono Version)
11. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh! (US Mono Single)
12. Look Up With Your Mind (US Single Edit)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Soul Record With A Happy Vibe!' 13 Jan 2009
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The great thing about 'Choosing You' is that it is the kind of album that has the power not only to entertain you but to cheer you up as well. Opener 'Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh' is a great example of this. A song about the euphoria Williams felt after signing his first record contract, it's a 3 minute happy singalong song that captures the enjoyment of that moment perfectly. 'Look Up With Your Mind' follows and is the best thing on the album. A spiritual song it has a message for all of us but rather than preaching it makes it's point in a really cheery and soulful way. So good in fact is 'Look Up With Your Mind' it's worth the price of admission here on it's own. Title track 'Choosing You' is more dance floor orientated but is a fine example of late 70's soul/funk and will delight those into the genre that may not have discovered Lenny before. 'Riding The High Wire' is another uplifting song and completes a great quartet of songs.

Side two of the original vinyl record is not quite so good but still provides some classy tunes. 'Please Don't Tempt Me' is another extended uptempo soul cut and has some nice musical touches that make up for the slightly obvious lyrics. 'I've Been Away From Love Too Long' is the kind of mid tempo ballad that you could have found on a lot of 70's soul records but here it adds some light and shade to what has been for the most an uptempo album. 'Trust In Me' is likewise but allows Lenny the chance to show off the range of his voice best of all on the album. Last track 'Problem Solver' is another religious/spiritual tune but, like most of this record, it's essentially an uplifting song with a positive message.

A great album and a good introduction to Mr Lenny Williams. 9 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Aug 2014
By J.R.
Format:Audio CD
Great Album
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars soulful and good. 30 April 2014
By j c valdee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A very good music CD that has been hard to find. This took me back to high school. Glad I found it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A '70s Classic!!! 18 April 2013
By Charlie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Remember the summer of 1977 (Jimmy Carter was president, the whole world went STAR WARS crazy, the New York City black-out, temperature reached 106° here in NY, etc.)? Well this historic album was there and will go down as "one of the great all-time R&B summer albums".

I could give a song by song break-down on how great this musical gem is but if you were there you'd already know. This and SPARK OF LOVE, in my opinion, is Lenny Williams at his finest.

Please note: I haven't bought the CD as of yet (which I'm planning to do if finances are favorable this year). This review is solely based on the actual vinyl album I bought that summer that I still have (although I've grown very tired of listening to the snap-crackle-pops whenever I play it now).
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