Ms. (Sharon) Ridley first recorded in 1971 on Clarence Avant's defunct Sussex Records. In 1977, she released her sophomore and last album again under Avant, but on his Tabu Records imprint. On "Full Moon," the listener is not only treated to an adroit R&B vocal stylist, but with sounds which lean out of Disco and into more Jazz-embellished, Classic Soul territories, especially on the title track. She DID, however, enjoy minor success with "Changes," which was an underground "Club" hit.
The voice is seasoned and soothing, and leaves one to wonder how/why sales were so low and beckons the question why there was no follow-up with the label's in-house writing and production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Ridley most DEFINITELY could have applied her magic to their very popular and unique production values.
Thanks to Demon Music for re-introducing this "lost" gem to R&B enthusiasts everywhere. The remastering is excellent as is the creative force behind it presented by a one-woman show who was a victim of the changing musical climate of the tastes and times. Ms. Ridley deserves a fresh listen and certainly a renewed appreciation. She, like her contemporaries, Patrice Rushen, Teena Marie and Angela Winbush, writes the songs which make up her very effectively compelling and spiritual musical pallate.