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Excellent album with Cliff and Icons of Soul - Buy it or you will regret it,
This review is from: Soulicious The Soul Album (Audio CD)
Many of the tracks on the album have been written by Lamont Dozier and Beau Dozier, Lamont's son. Lamont Dozier has written and produced 54 No. 1 hits for the Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Freda Payne and many others. He has been given credit for being one of the primary architects of the Motown Sound and has received the Jonny Mercer Award in 2009 which is the highest praise a songwriter can have. He has continued writhing hits for Alison Moyet, Aretha Franklin, Simply Red, Phil Collins, Boy George, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Joss Stone, Solange Knowles, Dave Stewart and George Benson.
The album was produced by Ashford and Simpson and Lamont Dozier.
Cliff far exceeds himself with this album. This is the best album for a long while and although he has never ventured into soul sounds, Cliff's voice blends perfectly with the iconic soul singers on this album. There are just too many good tracks on this album; it is difficult to say which tracks I favour.
Saving a Life with Freda Payne of Band of Gold fame is more Tamla than soul, but is a good, catchy, first track to the album.
Go on and Tell Him with Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review has a haunting guitar backing and excellent backing vocals to this slow moving Boys to Men type song with an great catchy sound.
Do you Ever - A duet with Brenda Holloway. This is a slow romantic ballad with perfect vocals from Brenda Holloway
Teardrops - The Womak and Womak classic reinvented with vocals from Candi Staton. Funky updated version.
When I was your Baby with Roberta Flack. Lots of emotion in this one.
Are you Feeling Me - Deniece Williams. This is absolutely fabulous with the backing vocals giving a haunting sound to the wonderful harmonising sound of Cliff and Deniece. My favourite track. If you don't listen to the rest of the album, listen to this one the whole way through.
Oh How Happy - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jnr, lead singers of the 5th Dimension. With hits including Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, Up Up and Away. A great gospel style of song written by Edwin Starr.
Every Piece of my Broken Heart with Valerie Simpson - Cliff starts in Falsetto on this track and Valerie Simpson provides vocals. The husband and wife team Ashford and Simpson penned many hits including "Aint no mountain high enough" and "Reach out and touch". A fast moving track.
How We Get Down with Russell Thompkins and the The New Stylistics, is a soulful sound with good harmonies between the artistes.
This Time With You with Candi Staton - Another great classic track
Don't say you love me - A fast moving funky type of dance track, that gets you moving.
She looked good - with Dennis Edwards, The Temptations Review and Lamont Dozier. This is a very fast moving funky sound. Excellent track.
I'm Your Puppet with Percy Sledge. Classic song originally sung by James and Bobby Purify but this time sung with a classic soul icon of "When a Man Loves a Woman" fame
Always and Forever with Billy Paul Me and Mrs Jones) - Perfect vocals done by Cliff, but an excellent end to the song as Billy Paul ad-libs.
Birds of a Feather - What can I say, this is class with Peabo Bryson which starts slow with instrumental undertones and then just picks up and races on as a soul sound dance track. It makes you want to get up and dance.
The finale to an excellent album, you just need to listen and judge for yourself.
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2011 21:44:56 BDT
Mr. D. P. Crisp says:
Very constructive and informative review.well written
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