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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this recording., 1 Feb. 2014
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I love this recording.
I have no words propably one of top 50 best soulalbum ever.
You must buy it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Right Down To It, 17 Aug. 2013
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This is Ronnie Dyson's second album, from 1973, with SIX bonus non-album tracks. It's Motown-meets-Philly with a bit of Northern Soul, funk and disco chucked in for good measure! Supper club soul? Not a bit of it - the tunes are mostly superb, Ronnie's voice is both powerful and aching plus the arrangements, production and remastering are first class.

Things kick off with the title track, a US hit, written and produced by Philly stalwarts Thom Bell/Linda Creed. It's fantastically poignant - the tale of someone determined to always be on the outside looking in - and reminds you of a VERY superior Stylistics single. Then there's a wonderful cover of the Delfonics hit "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", which has diametrically opposed lyrical sentiments to the title track!!

"Give Into Love" has an intriguing arrangement - at one point it sounds like an electronic harpsichord in the mix! Then there's his UK hit, "When You Get Right Down To It", an aching masterpiece. One of the best tracks is the enigmatically titled "A Wednesday In Your Garden", written by - of all people - The Guess Who's Randy Bachman! It's a tale of someone desperately trying to leave a failed relationship and Ronnie gives his all here, his tenor soaring to the heavens one minute and down in the depths of despair the next; there's some very dramatic orchestrations here!!

A cover of The Beatles' "Something" isn't that strange since The Fab Four always held a fascination for black American musicians. Sandie Shaw's "Girl Don't Come" though seems, at first, bizarre beyond belief! However, Ronnie acquits himself well on both tracks, with some particularly dramatic orchestral and piano flourishes on "Something".

Of the bonus tracks, the first two - "We Can Make It Last Forever" and "Just A Little Love From Me" - have Northern Soul written all over them; Jimmy Ruffin meets Harold Melvin and should have been big hits. There's a very nice, soaring ballad - "Life And Breath" - written by George Clinton, whilst "The Captain Of Your Soul" comes on all late-Temptations mixed with Diana Ross's "Surrender".

There are a couple of lesser tracks (for which I've docked one star) - "Lady In Red" is just disco by numbers, whilst Neil Sedaka's "The Love Of A Woman" has some great bossa nova(!) rhythms but not much of a tune.
Overall though this is a very worthwhile purchase.
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