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On the 8th August 2011, one of the true legends of soul, Randy Crawford, will release a new album of her greatest hits across an astonishing three decade career.

The album will feature Crawford’s biggest tracks including the hit single ‘Street Life’ and ‘One Day I’ll Fly away’ which reached number 2 in the UK charts.

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (1 Sept. 1987)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EYA5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

It is little wonder that Secret Combination remains Randy Crawford's most successful album in the UK. It is a superb collection of well-chosen material, expertly played by the cream of L.A session players and sung with great conviction.

Macon, Georgia-born Crawford had first risen to prominence in the UK as the featured vocalist on the Crusaders' Street Life in 1979, and enjoyed her first solo hit the following year with One Day I'll Fly Away. Secret Combination, released in May 1981, was the album that capitalised on this success.

Although Crawford had previously been an earthy jazz singer, Secret Combination barely breaks a sweat. Produced by Tommy LiPuma (the man responsible for turning George Benson from a jazzer into a commercial superstar) and it is consistently pleasant, radio-friendly pop-soul.

What bite there is can be found on lead single You Might Need Somebody, a Hollywood-softened dirty blues and the album's closer, Trade Winds. Crawford imbues everything with a honeyed experience - none more so than on the title track where her quiet steadfastness retains the love of the song's hero.

Secret Combination's covers excel: Crawford's version of Tony Joe White's A Rainy Night In Georgia may lack the despair of Brook Benton's famous reading, but sweetens the longing. That's How Heartaches Are Made (made famous by 'Baby' Washington/the Marvelettes) makes the song's desperation almost playful.

In 1981, Secret Combination seemed to be everywhere. It spent 60 weeks on the UK charts and reached No. 2. And in 1982, she won the Best Female Artist award at the Brits on the strength of this record. It remains a delightful time-capsule, perfect for sunny Sunday mornings. --Daryl Easlea

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Huxtable on 5 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
a lot of people follow the crowd and list artists such as aretha franklin as their favourite female singer. randy crawford is every bit as good. she was born to sing. she never has to force her voice it is just a pure natural sound. i saw her at the barbican in london performing with the london symphony orchestra. no backing voals, just her. she blew me and hundreds of others away (including the conductor). this has to be her finest hour (secret combination). if you are into soul music then you have to have this in your collection. from first to last every song is magical.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikita on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
In fact 1981 was extremely rich in exceptionally good soul albums.
Quincy Jones' "The Dude", Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much", Chaka Khan's "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me" all came in 1981. As well as this quiet storm masterpiece from Randy Crawford. You'll find no weak songs here. Almost every track deserves to be a single.
Perfectly played and sung this album sounds really "delicious".
I just wonder why this album didn't resonate in the States. Gladly it was a huge hit in Britain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Shaw on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The only Randy Crawford album I've bought & the best as far as I'm concerned, You might need somebody is better that the re-make by shola ama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzette on 19 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have really enjoyed this album, it is full of meaningful (to me) songs. It also makes good back ground music.
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By The Rookie on 22 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is just so great. Randy is in fine voice, Tommy LiPuma at the helm, you just can't go wrong. It's actually better than her greatest hits bizarrely enough. You Might Need Somebody will shock the teenies by just how funky and full of 'tude the original was.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJ King VINE VOICE on 20 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Randy has a very distinctive, warm & emotional voice that can make almost any song sound great.

Standout tracks on this album include:

1. You Might Need Somebody - uptempo, puncy with telling lyrics.

2. Rainy Night In Georgia - a lovely, moving version of a classic made famous by Brook Benton, amongst others.

5. You Bring The Sun Out - another 'soultry' version of a well known song. The British reggae singer, Janet "Silly Love Songs" Kay did a good version too.

6. Rio De Janeiro Blues - nice, loose almost jazzy feel. Reall;y conjures up a picture of warm, sunny places!

7. Secret Combination - another catchy, mid tempo song with a loose feel to it

To be honest, just looking at those tracks makes me want to play the album right now!
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