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posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World. 3 months ago
There's always that one album that, if you are a lover of music, just make you very much aware on why you fell in love with music in the first place. For me it was "That The Way Of The World", by Earth Wind & Fire. It is definitely my favorite album... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - I Am. 3 months ago
This is where EWF started to waver a bit, but Maurice and Co. were still capable of making incredible music. The whole album is good, but unlike "That's The Way Of The World" ,"Spirit", and "All N All", certain songs pop out, instead of it sounding... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Last Days And Time. 3 months ago
I Guess I'm Partial. When I bought this album in 1992 and played it for my friends, they said "Blaaahh", while I said "Yeaaahh". I guess I'm just partial when it comes to EWF, because "Last Days, and Time fascinated me. Let me explain: See I love to... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Open Our Eyes. 3 months ago
If you're like me, you probably overlooked "Mighty Might" and "Kalimba Story". But after becoming a serious student of music, "Open Our Eyes" became very special to me. The very songs I mentioned above became my favorites of the album, while "Fair But... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude. 3 months ago
This was the first live album by EWF, and it made me wish that I was there. That would have been impossible for I was only a mere 4 years old!!! But anyway what a way to introduce your live shows, and to me no one sounded better live than EWF (Maze is... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Spirit. 3 months ago
Even with the sudden death of co-producer Charles "Step" Stepney, Maurice White and EWF bravely finished this classic." Getaway" and "Saturday Nite" are the songs that holds this album down, but then the songs like "On Your Face", "Imagination", and... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Powerlight. 3 months ago
This is not a bad album by any means. It's not essential, but has its good points. "Fall In Love With Me (my favorite on the album), "Side By Side", "Something Special", and "Miracles" are the songs that definitely carry this album. Not bad from a... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - Head To The Sky. 3 months ago
My Introduction To Earth Wind & Fire!" I remember it like it was yesterday, I was 2 1/2, and I heard "Keep Your Head To The Sky", and from then on I was hooked! This is the album everyone discovered after EWF became superstars (around 1975), and since... See full review
posted a comment on Earth, Wind & Fire - All 'N All. 3 months ago
By this time, EWF could do no wrong. Once again from start to finish, an album so beautifully crafted that it stuns the senses. "Fantasy" and "Loves Holiday" were my favorites when I was a kid, but I have really grown to appreciate the album as a... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Harvest For The World. 3 months ago
The Isley's cooled it a bit with this on, but it is still an essential record. The title track told it like it is, while " (At Your Best) You Are Love" and "Let Me Down Easy" are crazy classic slow jams. Don't worry, "Who Loves You Better" still has... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Go For Your Guns. 3 months ago
Another powerhouse of an album! Four years after 3+3 and no rust yet. The Brothers are in pure form here with the perfect blend on soul, funk, and rock. Even though there are no bad songs on here, "The Pride (Part 1 & 2)", "Climbin' Up The Ladder... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Live It Up. 3 months ago
It was very clear that after the genius of 3+3, the Isley's had to come with it, and they did not disappoint with "Live It Up"! A powerhouse of an album, using the same elements from 3+3, but taking things a little further. I notice that the Isley's... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3. 3 months ago
The Isleys were already tight with just Ronald, Rudolph, and O'Kelly, but they did the smartest thing by including Marvin, Ernie, and Chris Jasper. For years the momentum was building up to this point (Brother, Brother, Brother in particular), but 3+3... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Winner Takes All. 3 months ago
It was an ok album, but it was a bit too much. To me the Isley's were not double album artist, and I think that's where this fails. Don't get me wrong, there is still high quality songs, both funk and roll, and very good ballads. "I Wanna Be With You... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets. 3 months ago
Even though this was a very good album, it was the last for the 3+3 unit, and rightfully so. Before this album they made 3 not so good albums, which means that, at this time, the group had run their course. It's sad too because they made some of the... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - The Heat Is On. 3 months ago
"The Heat" was "On", and this straight up smoked on every turntable that played it! By this time the Isley's perfected that blend of soul, funk and rock. And boy did it rock!!! Between the Isley's and Parliament Funkadelic, they changed the way an... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Brother, Brother, Brother. 3 months ago
By this time the brothers 3 were building on a force of nature that would soon take off. This album helped them take that next step. The Carol King penned title track was stunning, while "Work To Do" and "Lay Away" kept the hit parade going. There are... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Givin' It Back. 3 months ago
This was an album to show of things to come. By this time The Isley's were megastars again, but with this album, you can tell that they were striving to become album artists, which was a very good thing. Their concept of taking rock songs and putting... See full review
posted a comment on The Isley Brothers - Get Into Something. 3 months ago
This is one of those albums that was in between a great one and a developing one. The first 4 records are the standouts, but after that the music goes into a sleeper. That's ok though, because once you get past this one, there would be great things to come. See full review
posted a comment on Teddy Pendergrass - TP. 3 months ago
Teddy was flying high and it didn't stop with this album. Teddy was ready to spread his wings from under Gamble & Huff, not leaving them out completely, just working with other producers and even trying to produce himself. His ambitions paid off... See full review
posted a comment on Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy. 3 months ago
By the time this great album came out, Teddy could not be contained. You can tell, because the first side of the album was definitely geared toward women as an audience. "Come Go With Me" was Teddy being a super flirt while "Turn Off The Lights" was... See full review
posted a comment on Teddy Pendergrass - Life Is A Song Worth Singing. 3 months ago
This man could not do no wrong by the time this album came out! I was a kid when this came out, so I didn't get it when I saw women going buck wild when Teddy sang "Close The Door". Now I get it! But there was much more to this album that meets the... See full review
posted a comment on Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy Pendergrass. 3 months ago
After leaving Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass came roaring out the gate with his solo debut. And man what an album!! Everything on here is pure butter!! Not a sorry song in the bunch! He may sounds serious on "I Don't Love You... See full review
posted a comment on One Way Featuring Al Hudson & Alicia Myers - The Best Of One Way. 7 months ago
I totally agree...in fact just for fun, I am creating an anthology for them now...
posted a comment on Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes* - Wake Up Everybody. 7 months ago
Even the success of "True Be True" couldn't derail the fact that Teddy Pendergrass was getting ready to go solo, and it would eventually be a disaster for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. But, before that happen, the group released this wonderful, and... See full review
posted a comment on Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes* Featuring Theodore Pendergrass* - To Be True. 7 months ago
By the time this album came out, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes were riding high on success. Problem is that the egos started getting in the way. Harold and Teddy Pendergrass were at each other's throat's, and it was kinda driving a wedge between... See full review
posted a comment on Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes* - Black & Blue. 7 months ago
Originally reviewed September 24, 2009. Man, it's about time that Sony Legacy released "Black and Blue". It seems like it took forever!!! With that being said, Harold Melvin and his faithful Blue Notes, with Gamble & Huff made a bonifide classic here.... See full review
posted a comment on Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes* - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. 7 months ago
What A Start!!!! Even though Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were not strangers to the music world, you can't say that their debut here was not stunning. Add the producing genius of Kenny Gamble And Leon Huff, and put your drummer up front, who... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - The Last Word. 7 months ago
I am sad, and I know that all things must come to an end, but why the O'Jays! "The Last Word" is basically what it means, and it makes me very sad. Especially when the group releases their most engaging music in years. The O'Jays have always been a... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Let Me Touch You. 7 months ago
Once again, because of their voices, giving the right material, they are still capable of making stunning songs. This album is what the group needed, in fact it was revitalization for them. With collaborations from the their tried and true producers... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Love And More. 7 months ago
Not Bad!!!! I didn't even know about this one, and it doesn't sound that bad. Actually it's pretty good. The songs "Extraordinary Girl", "I'm The Kind Of Man (Every Mother Wants Her Daughter To Love)" and "Love You Direct" are very good, even if they... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - When Will I See You Again. 7 months ago
By this time it was very hard to figure out which direction Philadelphia International Records was going with the O'Jays. They kept releasing albums, but the quality was subpar at best. As usual though, because the group were still excellent singers,... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - My Favorite Person. 7 months ago
Another subpar release by the O'Jays, but I will say that this album is a little better than the last 2 releases. "I Just Want To Satisfy You" was a very nice offering, while "Your Body's Here With Me (But Your Mind's On The Other Side Of Town)" was... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - The Year 2000. 7 months ago
By this time, The O'Jays albums were very far and few in between. This was just another example of it. As usual, there are bright moments. Songs like "Girl, Don't Let It Get You Down" and "Once Is Not Enough", helps keep The O'Jays relevant. The good... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - So Full Of Love. 7 months ago
This one was a little better for the O'Jays, and they even got a big hit with "Use Ta Be My Girl". The only really thing that's wrong is that the social conscious material was gone. I think maybe because by this time disco was in super bloom, and no... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Identify Yourself. 7 months ago
They Tried!!! The O'Jays tried to follow up the success of "So Full Of Love" with "Identify Yourself" and it just didn't work. They did have 2 very good songs in "Sing A Happy Song" and " Forever Mine", but the rest of the album is just there. What... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Travelin' At The Speed Of Thought. 7 months ago
It's ok, but by this time it was definitely something missing. There were great moments though. Songs like "Work On Me" and "Let's Spend Some Time Together" are very good, but not really in the class of the classic stuff. Whether it was Gamble & Huff,... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Message In The Music. 7 months ago
This album was the first of lackluster albums by the O'Jays. This one was a little understandable because of member William Powell becoming sick and later dying in 1977. From this point on the group would never be the same, even though they were able... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Family Reunion. 7 months ago
A Record Worth Lovin'!!!! Man, my mom played this album so much that the vinyl started coming off. But that's what to expect when you love an album that much, and "Family Reunion" is a record to love. After this album came out, every family tried to... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Survival. 7 months ago
Another O'Jays Classic!!! It's funny, when I was a kid, and my mom and stepfather bought this album and I saw the album cover, it scared me to death! Then they put it on the turntable and I forgot all about it. Once again Gamble & Huff and the O'Jays... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - The O'Jays Live In London. 7 months ago
This was a smart release by The O'Jays under the Philadelphia International Records camp. The group was just as exciting live, just like they were on record. The live versions of songs like, "Back Stabbers", "Sunshine" and "Love Train" almost sound as... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - Ship Ahoy. 7 months ago
Ship Ahoy, Ship Ahoy, Ship Ahoy, Ship Ahoy!!!!! Once again The O'Jays behind the genius of Gamble & Huff belt out another classic album. Again like with "Back Stabbers", the social conscious is all over this record. 6 of 8 songs covers everything from... See full review
posted a comment on O'Jays* - Back Stabbers. 7 months ago
People, Get On Board!!!! What can be said about this classic!! Oh yeah, it's the BOMB!!! Everything came together for the O'jays behind the direction of Gamble & Huff. "In Philadelphia" just knocked on the door, "Back Stabbers" kicked the door down!!!... See full review
posted a comment on The O'Jays - In Philadelphia. 7 months ago
The O'Jays make their way from Cleveland to Philly with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. This was before the group became the lean 3 member group that the world would fall in love with. This set is ok, you can tell that both the producers and group are... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - HITNRUN Phase One & Two. over 5 years ago
Oooohhhhh Yes!!!!!!! Now this is more like it!!!!! "Phase One" left a very dry taste in my mouth, and even though it was an experimental album, it just didn't or couldn't make the cut for a Prince album.... "Phase Two" should have been "Phase One" in... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - HITnRUN Phase One. over 5 years ago
I tried, I tried, and I tried, but I just couldn't get with the complete album....Everybody knows that I am a Prince guy (in fact I killed it for my wife the first couple of years of our marriage), and I have everything since 1978 (and I mean... See full review
posted a comment on Isaac Hayes - Black Moses. over 6 years ago
This is the album that my Mom just drove into the ground. When I grew up though, I started to understand why. Just like his other albums, he has mostly dreamy slow cutz on here, he has just more of them belonging here. Ike's version of "Never Can Say... See full review
posted a comment on Isaac Hayes - Shaft. over 6 years ago
It makes no sense for an album to be this great, and if it was against the law, then Ike would have served a life sentence!! Just like Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly", "Shaft" was the bomb!!PERIOD!!! It wasns't like Ike's other albums because it was a... See full review
posted a comment on Isaac Hayes - ...To Be Continued. over 6 years ago
Once again, the man in chains has that perfect "concept" album going for him. What I love about Ike (besides having the same name as me), is his ability to make his albums feel like great movies. The only beef I have is that he redid "You Lost That... See full review
posted a comment on Prince And The Revolution - Around The World In A Day. over 6 years ago
By the time Purple Rain came out, everyone and their grandmama was trying to either, sound, look, or act like Prince (just like they did Mike!). So even though "ATWIAD", wasn't considered a complete effort, it's sure a very good one! It had hit power... See full review