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Just Me 'N You

J.R. Bailey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soul Brother
  • ASIN: B000GEIMIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. After Hours
2. Heaven On Earth
3. Just Me'n You
4. She Called Me
5. Cute As A Button
6. Love, Love, Love
7. I'll Always Be Your Lover
8. All Strung Out Over You
9. Not Too Long Ago
10. Everything I Want I See In You

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 9 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
This was originally released in 1974 on MAM Records, and is now available as a fully reissued album by Soul Brother Records in London.

Here you have the opportunity to listen to an album that might have escaped your attention, and undeservedly so. This is an album influenced by Marvin Gaye, his seminal 1971 'What's Going On?' permeates the entire project, which was clearly conceived as a fellow concept album, a paen to love (in comparison Gaye's album was primarily concerned with the society he witnessed around him). The influence can most clearly be heard in the lush orchestration, and the way in which the songs have been produced to flow seamlessly in to each other, thus creating the impression of a musical tapestry. This is particularly true of the opening suite, which includes 'After Hours' and 'Heaven on Earth', and which is taken up again in 'She Called Me'.

Despite this the real gem on this album is Bailey's recording of 'Love, Love, Love' (previously recorded by Hathaway), which Bailey had written for Hathaway. This is a fantastic recording, and would, by itself, make buying this record worthwhile. The fact is that Bailey was a credible artist with a long involvement in the various predominantly black musical genres which existed prior to the album being recorded, and Bailey draws upon this heritage in each song. This heritage allows Bailey to produce an album that is suitably sophisticated to warrant repeated listening, to discover the subtle shading that can be found throughout in small, often discreet, flourishes. And all this is held together by Bailey's voice, which is strong enough to convey that sense of pain and longing which is such an essential component of real soul music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soul Master Class 23 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A wonderful collection of seet soul music, written, arranged and produced to the highest level and up there with the finest soul abums of all time. If you consider yourself a soul connoisseur then, this CD needs to be in your collection - but then you probably already have it!!. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the greatest soul recording of the '70s (that you never heard!) 29 Sep 2009
By Eddie Landsberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wanna begin this review by saying that most people who read my reviews darn well know that I'm usually enthusiastic about the products I write about... That's because my reviews don't represent purchases of the moment, but my collection in general... so when I write about an item I'm saying, "Wow... of all the stuff I have in my collection, this is something I believe everyone should dig...." I say this for one reason: now and then I might sound a bit like the little boy who cried wolf every time I say, "This is must have listening!" and "One of the greatest..." but trust me on this:
I won't lie... I heard this album for the first time just a few days ago, and it is... mind blowing.
If you're into Leroy Hutson and Willie Hutch The Very Best of Willie Hutch in particular, you'll really dig this...
I really don't know how to put words to it... so let me give you some backround:

TRATTORIA is a Japanese label that over the years launched a lot of Japanese style "deep funk" and "shibuya-kei" music. (You may have heard of Pizzicato 5 and Cornelius First Question Award if you need some examples...) - - This album was a REISSUE put out o in celebration of what they thought was some of the best un-released soul music of all time. The liners, in fact are by Cornelius.

Second fact: The album was released by MAM records in 1974, a label that I believe was co-owned by Tom Jones.
As for the man of the hour: J.R. Bailey was a singer/songwriter who got his start performing with The Cadillacs. Two of the most famous songs he penned included "Everybody Plays The Fool" (Main Ingredient) and "Love, Love, Love" (Donny Hathaway)... He can be heard as a back-up singer on countless album by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Joe Simon, Ben E. King, Ike and Tina Turner, The Three Degrees and a bazillion others - - including a favorite organ groove album of mine: Got to Get Your Own by Reuben Wilson and The Cost of Living.

As for his vocal style... think elements of Marvin, Donny Hathaway even Lenny Williams of Tower of Power fame - - but a guy doing his own thing... Although a raw and commanding soul singer, a guy with stunning chops too, as demonstrated by some of the wicked Jazz chops in his singing. I'm sure the reason why he stayed behind the scenes (until his untimely death in 1980) will be just as much a mystery to you... because when you listen to his music you sense that he must have been one heck of a nice guy, yet ridiculously gifted musical genius.

And I mean it... I'm not exaggerating !
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!! 27 Nov 2009
By Boobiecat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I only ordered this CD because I desperately wanted one of the tracks on it. I had been searching for this song (Love, Love, Love) which is track #6 for over 25 years and when I finally found it available on line I was forced to purchase it. I listened to the entire CD and found it was OK. The only other track on the CD I sort of liked alot is #1 called "After Hours". I only rated this CD with 5 stars because of this one song I have been dying to have in my collection. Track #6 was a big hit from my childhood that I truly loved. I'm from the 70's era and I loved this song so much because it just takes me back to my wonderful childhood as a young girl. I just wish I didn't have to spend $46.00 just to retrieve it. I guess in this world you have to pay for what you want. But being the woman I am, I would have paid $100.00 for it because it's just that sentimental and mesmerizing for me so go figure!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Largely Unknown But Very Talented R&B/R&R/Soul Artist J.R. Bailey 15 May 2012
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 10-track J.R. Bailey volume is an August 2006 re-issue by tnhe U.K.-based Soul Brother of an April 2006 Japanese re-release, in digital format, of an original MAM LP (short for Management, Agency & Music Publishing Inc.) which emerged in 1974 as MAM 9. A management company run by Gordon Mills, his two biggest clients were Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, both then under contract to Decca, which also manufactured and distributed MAM discs. The pricey Japanese volume comes from Think! Records through the auspices of JASRAC (The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers). This option, which has excellent sound reproduction, is your best bet if this work of one James Ralph Bailey is your goal.

Born in 1932 in New York, he first performed in the late 1940s with The Velvetones, a group that had formed in 1943, although Bailey never recorded with them. He then did the same with The Crickets (not the Buddy Holly-associated group) before joining The New Yorkers Five, cutting Gloria My Darling/Cha Cha Baby towards the latter part of 1955 on Danice 801, a tiny New York-area label. After that he joined The Cadillacs in time to become part of their hit singles Peek-A-Boo (February 1959 on Josie 846 b/w Oh. Oh Lolita) and What You Bet? (September 1961 on Smash 1712 b/w You Are To Blame). He then briefly performed with another New York City group, The Halos, who had a 1961 hit with the novelty "Nag" on 7 Arts 709 b/w Copy Cat.

In 1965 he went solo as Jimmy Bailey for Columbia records, cutting the promo discs Hush/If Goodbye Means Gone (the last written by the great Jo Armstead) on Columbia 4-43408, and I Miss Her/Happy Train on Columbia 43340, both with orchestra arranged and conducted by Horace Ott. In 1968, Hold Back The Dawn/Too Late came out on Mala 12015, a label launched in 1959 as a subsidiary of Bell Records, but taken over around this time by Columbia. He also had an EP released in Portugal by CBS containing Everytime/Stop, Wait A Minute/I Miss Her/Happy Train (CBS EP 0082).

His next stop was Calla Records, another small New York label launched in 1965 as a subsidiary of Shakat Records by Nate McCalla, who also functioned as a bodyguard for Roulette Records chief Morris Levy, who had close ties to the mob (McCalla would be found dead in 1980, rubbed out "mob style"). There, late in 1968 and as J. R. Bailey, he would have the # 49 R&B charter Love Won't Wear Off (As The Years Wear On) on Calla 158 b/w an instrumental.

His next two hits were then released on the obscure Toy Records label which, with a wind-up key atop the "o" in Toy on the label, may have been a subsidiary of MAM Records. The first was Love, Love, Love which finished at # 31 R&B in July 1972 on Toy 3801 b/w Too Far Gone To Turn Around (not included here), while the second was After Hours which reached # 29 R&B in January 1973 on Toy 3805 b/w Heaven On Earth. Also here in this CD version of the album is Everything I Want I See In You, which became a minor # 90 R&B as single MAM 3639 in June 1974 b/w I Can't See Me Without You (which is not included).

His final charter came in August 1975 for Midland International Records, launched the year before by Bob Reno and Eddie O'Loughlin, and whose discs were manufactured and distributed by RCA up to 1978. Adapting a classic Scott Joplin tune, he had The Entertainer (If They Could Only See Me Now) reach # 77 R&B on Midland Int'l 10305 b/w You Pass My Love (Like A Moving Train). Both impossible to find on CD, as are the two sides of the 1976 promo release The Eyes Don't Know The Feeling/Super Star which came out on RCA 10799. In 1977 he also had an album released by United Artists, shown in the Comments below which also lists some of his best compositions.

You have to think that, if there was a market for this minimal 10-track release, then perhaps a 25 to 30 track compilation of at least all or most of his solo work would also sell well. Sadly, he passed away in 1980 at age 48.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended !!! 19 Mar 2006
By Toni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An Excellent quality reproduction on CD but wished they had given a standard cd casing but nevertheless an item to be proud of.

No longer will I have to use my vinyl copy.

An outstanding soul album from 1970's,highly recommended for serious soul music listeners and collectors alike.

A consistent and well balanced album which will be talked about for many years too come..."A must have in your soul collection !
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