This never really happened during their Motown years but Willie's 1978 Whitfield Records début was mostly produced my Norman Whitfield and what an excellent chemistry.
This is Whitfield leaving his psychedelia era behind and laying down funky dance grooves (with help from Rose Royce rhythm section). Best of these are Come on and Dance With Me (here's it it's 12" mix, not the original album version) and Hip Shakin' Sexy Lady. Two stunning ballads, produced by Whitfield and sung to death by Willie - Paradise and Anything Is Possible, still sound pretty good.
Best of the bunch, though, is Willie at his coolest, on the track Easy Does It - I recall this being being massively popular at the more discerning discos.
Willie would record a further album at Whitfield but it wasn't a patch on In Tune. This is my favourite Willie Hutch album and, yes, I am very pleased to replace my ageing vinyl with this excellent Japanese remaster
Now, what about those two Nytro album ? remaster anyone ?
Excellent CD. Classic Norman Whitfield production backed up by one of the most underrated Soul/R&B vocalist I've ever heard. So pleased to find a majority of his stuff on CD but still waiting for "Havin' A House Party" & "Concert In Blues" to be released.
In a nightclub in 1978 , I first heard "Anything Is Possible If You Fall In Love" . This should have been released as a single at that time because it was similar to labelmates Rose Royces' ballads , it could have been a big pop song . I bought the album on the back of hearing that song and was not disappointed , a good mixture of uptempo , midtempo and slowies .