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Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson have been married and working together since the 60s. This makes them as qualified as anybody in the business to write and perform love songs like their anthemic 'Solid' here.
After moderate performing and writing success, the duo joined Motown as writers/producers in 1967. They soon hit paydirt, being the power behind Marvin & Tammi and also being responsible for the best early work in the solo career of Diana Ross.
These are their own recordings though, mostly from the 80s. Only 'Solid' will be familiar to the casual listener, that would be enough to make this a worthwhile album, but do not write off the rest.
If you were young and bopping in those magical late 70s and 80s, you may may remember tracks like 'High Rise'. I had the sweetest surprise when I listened to the album for the first time. It is one of those tunes that I remember, but could never have put artists to. The rest of the album is well solid too, if you can forgive the worst of puns.
This music is genuine classy soul. It is mostly mid and up-tempo. Valerie's voice especially ranks up there with the very best.