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This is the only Barbara Lewis album available on CD. It is her last, released on Stax subsidiary Enterprise Records in 1970. There are no hits here because, unfortunately, the U.S. radio market had forgotten Barbara Lewis.
Given the chance, I would rate this record three and one-half stars. It contains some fine vintage late-60s soul, such as the badly titled "That's a No No" and the Muscle Shoals-sounding "Slip Away." Her version of "Windmills of Your Mind" is a nice complement to Dusty Springfield's much better known version. There's a great ersatz Motown "Break Away." The Memphis sound gets the nod on "But You Know I Love You." There's almost a Philly feel to "You Made Me a Woman." Indeed, the album could be a tour of the U.S. soul scene in 1969. Oddly enough, this exceptionally smooth-voiced singer bogs down on a song written by that famous smooth-voiced male singer, Smokey Robinson, ("Oh, Be My Love"). Perhaps better results are obtained when Ms. Lewis' smooth singing is applied to somewhat edgier material.
The variety of material on this album is fun from the perspective of 30 years on, but it also reflects a fatal uncertainty as to what Barbara Lewis should be doing in 1969. Sadly, there are no Barbara Lewis originals. The two singles added to the set for this CD release expose a shocking loss of direction. Who could have expected a cover of "Ask the Lonely" to be commercially viable in 1969? And her final Ollie McLaughlin-produced single "That's the Way I Like It" sounds like one of the more misguided efforts emanating from the still immature British soul scene at the time.
So this is not a five star release. But if you have purchased the excellent, but too brief, Rhino collection and you enjoy the later tracks on that disc, you will definitely find this release worth owning. And let's all hope for the reissue of some of Barbara's other albums.