A pair of overlooked albums from Gloria Jones
– the woman who's probably best known for her original version of "Tainted Love", or for her relationship with Marc Bolan – but who's a heck of a great talent on these 70s albums too! Vixen has Jones
working with Bolan in the studio, but has a feel that's nicely old school, especially for the time – a vibe that almost hearkens back to 60s Motown with its arrangements and overall presentation, but with some slight 70s touches too. Gloria
's vocals really come out strongly with this approach – on titles that include "Stage Coach", "I Ain't Going Nowhere", "High", "Tell Me Now", "Cry Baby", "Get It On (parts 1 & 2)", and a remake of "Tainted Love". Windsong is an excellent set, too – more contemporary, but still mighty nice! Arrangements are by producer Richard Jones
, as well as dancefloor maestro Paul Riser – who helps give the record a similar groove to some of his other great 70s work from earlier years – that great soaring vibe that can really push a singer like Gloria
forward! The style's not really disco or club – just a fuller, more upbeat approach to soul music that shows Jones
stepping nicely into adult modes. The album carries a dedication to her late paramour Marc Boland – and titles include "Hooked On You Baby", "Woman Is A Woman", "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me", "Windstorm", "Bring On The Love", and "Blue Light Microphone". CD also features a bonus track – "Simplicity Blues".