I was delighted to hear that this album was being reissued, so many years sadly after it was firt released. I bought the LP when it was first released and it was interesting to read at the time the review by Julie Burchill in New Musical Express (NME) who applauded Cissy's vocals but questioned the relevance of the recording at the time of release, when soul was rushing towards disco. Fair enough, but the quality of the vocals and the interpretations are magnificent, where I take much distance from the disparaging review by Chris Wells in Black Echoes (UK). Cissy turns in relevant and masterful interpretations of songs on this disc. It is interesting that when Aretha recorded covers for much of her early Atlantic recordings no one suggested they were irrelevant, but when Cissy did it on this album, in retrospect, Chris Wells thinks so and ignores the quality of the performances. Does he think the same of her earlier recordings, including the original of Midnight Train To Georgia? Or her sublime reading of Didn't We? Or the Sweet Inspirations recordings of well known tracks? When I was living in my bedsit in 1977 in Covent Garden - then not trendy - this made me very happy; living in my flat in Hackney now, it makes me even happier to have it on CD. Chris Wells quite rightly doesn't like Michael Zager, but that influence does not permeate this recording. And what did he have to say of LaBelle's much earlier version of "Morning Much Better". Cissy infuses gospel into superb versions of "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" and "Your Song" (also superbly recorded by Billy Paul on "360 Degrees Of ..."). Chris Wells, you never complained about Donny Hathaway (and Roberta Flack) doing covers, so why are you so down on these superb versions. Or is it that you have drifted towards the trendy only, with little thought of vocal technique and songs with melodies. Can we, for completion, have Step Aside For A Lady re-released on CD too, and then await the review in Black Echoes?