I Need Some Loving - Barbara Mitchell - High On Love
Label: Mercury - 826 887-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Funk, Disco
Main page. Not Martin OConnor - Martys Cafe they didn't try disco: I think Motown was trying to market them as their answer to The Ritchie Family or Sister Sledgebut a Motown never really did get the hang of disco, and b High Inergy contrary to The Memory - Jack Reno - Meet Jack Reno name was always better at slower, more orchestral numbers.
In other words, they were like a four-woman Dionne Warwick or 5th Dimension, and even the real Warwick had commercial difficulties during the 70s. After their hit debut, the label put out a few followups consisting of solid midtempo album cuts and terrible failed dance singles, and then threw in the towel.
Lead singer Vernessa Mitchell has a great voice: smooth like Syreeta Wrightbut stronger and more soulful; her sister Barbara Mitchell, who took over when Vernessa went gospel, isn't as distinctive but is just as powerful and tasteful. I don't know if Linda Howard or Michelle Martin ever sang any leads, but their harmonies are crisp and flavorful.
They never did write any of their material, and their unevenness of their recorded output reflects the patchwork army of producers they worked with, but their early discography is full of the kind of hidden gems that warm the heart of a music magpie like your humble reviewer.
Vernessa Mitchell left, Group disbanded, circa Vernessa Mitchell's vocals are better than ever: warm, personable and communicative whether her approach is contemplative "Peaceland" or urgent the single "Lovin' Fever" - after this record she became a born-again Christian, quit the band, and abandoned pop music for gospel.
The album too is solid, though it didn't produce any hits, perhaps because the worst song on it was released as a single the shrill disco title track, written and produced by Donnell Jones. Most of the tracks were jointly overseen by Angelo Bond, William Weatherspoon and McKinley Jackson the pleasantly slight "Sweet Man"; the strikingly 60s Motown-like "Make Me Yours"and the tracks are functional but never exceptional: you won't regret listening to "Boomerang Love" or "It Was You Babe," but you won't want to turn anyone else on to it either.
DBW So Right Slapped together I Need Some Loving - Barbara Mitchell - High On Love a patchwork of producers, this is anonymous pop-soul product but not too terrible. Though most of the tracks are by uncelebrated names like Benjamin F. George Tobin and Mike Piccirillo contributed a cover of Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" and the title track, a straight-up Phil Spector ish girl group number which isn't very successful but was unusual for the time period.
By now High Inergy had broken up, and Barbara DJ Funk #1* - Pumpin Tracks EP on hand contributing backup vocals, and a co-lead on the stirring opener "We Can Do It.
He produced this LP in his mids style, which relies on crashing programmed drums, repeating synth vamps, and not much I Need Some Loving - Barbara Mitchell - High On Love the Uptown Horns do pop up on the tacky, half-rapped mess "I Need some Loving".
Mitchell has little choice but to belt like crazy, and fortunately she's got the voice for it title trackbut on the more obvious tunes it's just way over the top "Ace Of My Heart". The traditional numbers are confined to side one, and they're as good as before, from the pensive "I Will Never Leave You" to the bouncy "Are You Ready" and the rousing title track. But the contemporary tracks on Side Two mostly produced with Scott V. I suspect Scott V.
Smith's keys and drum programming are primarily responsible, though I'm not letting producer Sanchez G. Harley off the hook either.
Produced and arranged by Rahni Song, who also wrote several of the tunes "More And More," a duet with Rodney Gatling - unfortunately they're so lifeless even a singer of Mitchell's caliber can't make anything out of them. She co-wrote several songs with Lisa McGlown "It's About Time"while "Be For Real" was co-written by Skip Scarboroughbut regardless of who did I Need Some Loving - Barbara Mitchell - High On Love , all the cuts are dull and overlong - part drab, part flab.
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