The Best Of The Old And The New: The Complete Beverly Glen Music Sessions
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R&B/Soul. The Best of the Old & The New LP, plus additional tracks from Just Ain t Good Enough JT s complete 1982 Beverly Glen label sessions! CD reissues of legendary soul and R&B LPs from Solaris...each includes original track listings, credits, artwork and classic grooves! Tracks : What About My Love Don t Wait , I m So Proud Just Ain t Good Enough, I Need A Freak Reaganomics, Seconds Of Your Love Hey For The Winner Shoot For The Stars
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The new reality in the '80s was that, for the most part, older solo soul artists (Taylor was then 44) were not crossing over onto the pop charts any more, but there were enough loyal soul fans to carry his LP "Just Ain't Good Enough" up to #19 on the soul albums chart and its first single, the superbly produced and performed smooth groover "What About My Love" to #24. The B-side, "Reaganomics" (how 1982 is that!), is pure "Soul Train"-ready funky disco, with the odd juxtaposition of lyrics that have JT "fighting" the senseless "they'll-be-no-money-for-you" (meaning, the rest of you non-supply-siders) economic policy. The next single, "I'm So Proud" (not the great Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions' song) is a midtempo romantic pleaser, but like most of the tracks here, it goes on too long (nearly six minutes). This proved to be his second and last soul-chart hit on Beverly Glen [reaching a modest peak of #55]. Its B-side, "I Need a Freak," was too obviously modeled after Rick James's massive hit "Super Freak" from a year earlier. Single #3 might just be his best double-sided one ever; however, it didn't chart nationally at all, very likely because the top side, "Just Ain't Good Enough," was the title track of the LP, which fans would have already procured by that time. This one also goes six minutes, but I wouldn't care if it went 'til next Thursday, the groove is so tight, JT sounds so astoundingly inspired, and the backing vocal chorus, arrangement and orchestration are all so on point. This is one of the finest soul records of the '80s. The flip-side is the tender, pleading ballad, "Don't Wait," possibly his warmest one ever up to that time.
Despite the presence of a few substandard songs in this collection, the stellar soul tracks "Just Ain't Good Enough," "What About My Love," and "Don't Wait" combine to make this a must-have CD, particularly given the impossibility of finding them anywhere else.
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