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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southbound Records
  • ASIN: 5556199272
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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I had the joy of purchasing this LP on the UK Mojo label.It is up there with classic O'Jays and Harold Melvin releases of the time, perhaps overlooked as it was (I think) released on Spring in the States, and so hasn't had tracks on the numerous excellent Philadelphia label compilations.

Joe is a great singer, the material is strong, and the Philly houseband (MFSB) excel themselves.

Joe did a couple of other tracks with the team, which sadly aren't added here, but it remains an excellent purchase, and his other material - the earlier a little more countrified the later rather disco, is well worth a listen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Slice of Classic Soul 22 April 2004
By "nightpiece" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Joe Simon is one of those enigmatic soul artists who, unlike so many great artists of the 60s and 70s, has never had his revivalist comeuppance. In his impressive career, Simon began by crooning honey-touched ballads, went on to help establish the genre of country-soul (and remains one of the few true, great country-soul singers), segued over into R&B, and then saw his career descend too quickly after a groundbreaking (but ill-fated) movement to disco.
"Drowning in the Sea of Love" was Simon's most cohesive album, though still very eclectic in presentation. The title track was pure Philly sound, an early Gamble-Huff production that paid off with a #3 spot on the Billboard R&B charts. "I Found My Dad" is an interesting deaprture from the rest of the album, and it remains catchy and rousing (even if a bit cheesy). "Pool of Bad Luck" continues the quintessential funky groove, and on "If", Simon's plaintive baritone soars. However, my personal favorite track is Simon's cover of the Stylistics' (smash from the year before) "You Are Everything". Simon's version features a dramatically different arrangement, and what you are left with is the song stripped bare, and Simon's voice, low and contained early on, building to an eruption of longing and passion. The song is imbued with such feeling that I cannot listen to it without getting caught up. And let's just say I've listened to it many, many times...
If you want to experience a broader cross-section of Simon's catalogue, I would suggest Rhino's very well compiled "Music In My Bones: The Best of Joe Simon". But if you want to hear an solid album by one of the best (and sadly overlooked) R&B singers while at his peak, pick up "Drowning in the Sea of Love".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Still one of my favorite albums of all time! Soulful! 21 Mar. 2005
By Preston - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Joe Simon's Drowning in the Sea of Love is still a classic to me. I still love that title song and its lazy feel in the groove. Some of the songs sound similar like You Are Everything, I Found My Dad, Pool of Bad Luck, and the message song If. If would be another candidate song to recall the events of 9/11 of 2001, about being a better world for all of us. Some other surprises I love are the dramatic, bluesy, The Mirror Don't Lie, the funky Ole Night Owl and the gorgeous Something You Can Do Today. This is really Joe Simon's best album to me and could rival any of Otis Redding's albums for the male soul singer title. It is addictive, catchy, musical, and wonderfully performed. Simon sings like he's lived it in these songs, as if he wrote the songs himself! One of my all-time favorite albums!
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Outstanding Old School 2 Dec. 2013
By Robert E Thomas - Published on
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Being one from the old school, I really like Joe Simon's music. He is very talented and I prefer the old school music to the stuff they're coming out with now. If you have similiar tastes, you will love this CD.
Five Stars 29 Jan. 2015
By ceaser green - Published on
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great oldie he made
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