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on 13 March 2014
It is good to have original albums being released again at an affordable price. The previous Japanese import had now become quite pricey. This re-release doesn't include the liner notes/lyrics. But it is the music that counts. This album from 1978 has some nice songs such as "where did we go wrong", "Never say I don't love you", "To love again", and "you were the one". However, it is very short and was seemingly released at the time to primarily showcase the then current single "Lovin' Livin' and Givin'". This song had been included in the movie "Thank God it's Friday" which starred, among others, Donna Summer. The film had been made in the hope of matching the success of 1977's "Saturday Night Fever". It didn't. The public, it seemed, were only prepared to accept one disco-themed movie. (The Village People vehicle "Can't Stop the music" also suffered the same fate a year or so later, although it is now considered a mini-camp classic!) However, disco music itself was still dominating the charts and this album reflects that with tracks such as the aforementioned "Lovin'..." and "what you gave me".
The album also has some unreleased tracks from recordings made between 1973-1975 plus some previously released tracks. These are "Reach out i'll be there" (the Four Tops remake from the 1971 album "Surrender/I'm still waiting"), and "Sorry doesn't always make it right" (a single from 1974). Although the previously released tracks are good it does make you wonder why they were included as there were other unreleased tracks that were intended for the album. These have surfaced in recent years so it is strange that they were not included instead of the previously released tracks. But that is the mystery of record companies!(Motown did this again with Diana Ross with the release of the 1981 album "To love again" when she had just left the label for RCA. It includes old and unreleased tracks too). The inclusion of "Sorry..." is forgivable as it had been a non-hit single in the US in 1974 (a #23 hit in UK) so for those that hadn't bought the song then it was almost a new, or perhaps rare track that hadn't been included on an album before.
So because of the mixture of old and new tracks this is not a classic album but is a must-have for those that want all the original albums.