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An Imitation Of Love Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Funkytowngrooves
  • ASIN: B00BPUXSNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love
  2. Wanna Be Your Lover
  3. Love Is A Dangerous Game
  4. An Imitation Of Love
  5. Mind Over Matter
  6. It's A Thing
  7. I Need To Be By Myself
  8. I Fell In Love
  9. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (7 Inch Version)
  10. Love Is A Dangerous Game (Extended Mix)
  11. Wanna Be Your Lover (7 Inch Version)
  12. It's A Thing (Extended Mix)
  13. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (Instrumental)
  14. Love Is A Dangerous Game (Instrumental)

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Product Description

First Ever Expanded Edition 6 Bonus Tracks Re-mastered From Master Tapes Liner Notes by Alex Henderson When Jive Records released Millie Jackson s An Imitation of Love in 1986, Millie Jackson knew that the R&B landscape had changed considerably since the 1960s and 1970s. The Georgia-born singer had made a name for herself performing bluesy, gutsy rugged southern soul of the 1960s/1970s variety, drawing on influences that included Etta James, Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Carla Thomas, among others. And that type of R&B still had an audience in 1986, but it was an audience that on the blues circuit or in the A&R departments of small independent labels like Malaco Records and Alligator Records not at commercial urban contemporary radio stations. So Jackson, who turned 42 in 1986, decided to record an album that balanced classic soul considerations and urban contemporary considerations; that approach paid off handsomely, resulting in the most successful album she recorded during the 1980s. Working with producers who included Timmy Allen and Wayne Braithwaite, Jackson demonstrated that she could be relevant to the urban contemporary scene of 1986 and still be faithful to her soul roots. The Millie Jackson story began on July 15, 1944, when she was born in Thomson, Georgia. Jackson, however, spent much of her upbringing in New York City and nearby Newark, New Jersey and it was around 1964 that she started performing live in and around the Big Apple.

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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
It's wonderful to see this album given a new lease of life - I have long loved all of Millie's Jive recordings, of which this was the first. Millie's singing is up there with the greatest ever and the material is very appealing, with an 80s soul sound, very bright and cheerful, against which the vocals range from colourful to plangent to touching - but never less than thrilling! My favourite track is Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love, which exists in a live version on Back to the S***. You need to hear both versions, but this studio one is an absolute classic. The last track, I Fell In Love, finishes the album on an equally high note, if slightly rueful ... Millie, like all great artists, always has an element of surprise.
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MILLIE JACKSON is one of the most infamous and well loved artists on the International soul scene. A highly respected performer who has garnered many plaudits and awards in the long career. Well known for her explicit and raunchy lyrics, she is never one to "hold back".
This 1986 album which she released dueing her time at JIVE RECORDS is a somewhat subdued affair, but a fine soul album none the less. There is very little of the trademark "Jackson raunch", but we do get a glimpse of her more subdued and tender side, which is very pleasant on the ear. the albums contains some modern soul gems inclusing the hit singles "Love is a Dangerous Game" & the funky "Wanna be your lover". The title track is a heartfelt and soulful affair.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This 1986 album opens with the subdued and soulful Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love which is followed by Millie's version of Prince's Wanna Be Your Lover, a slow but funky treatment with lovely saxophone. The tender ballad Love Is A Dangerous Game To Play is followed by the title track, a moving torch song.

The pace picks up on Mind Over Matter, a bubbly slice of R&B with shifting rhythmic paterns. Millie's famous sense of humour surfaces on It's A Thang with its tongue in cheek criticism of brands and labels. The next, I Need To Be By Myself, is another slow track about love and relationships and the album concludes with the tender ballad I Fell In Love.

There is very little raunch on this album of mostly slow and introspective songs. Although accomplished and enjoyable, An Imitation Of Love is not one of Millie Jackson's more memorable albums.
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