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