Two rare female soul sets – each recorded a two decades apart, each handled by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams! First up is a very obscure later date from Chicago soul singer Ruby Andrews – a set that's almost equal parts blue
s and soul, and which often features that updated instrumentation that some of the southern soul singers were using at the time. There's a fair bit of keyboards and electric rhythm
s in the instrumentation, but Ruby's vocals still keep things real throughout – working with a number of Williams-penned tunes that have a relatively laidback, easygoing feel. Titles include "I Want To Rock With You Baby", "To The Other Woman", "Kiss This", "Throw Some More Dirt On Me", "As In Always", and "Since I Met You". Next up is the early 70s Canyon album Happy & In Love by Gloria Lynne – a real departure from her jazz-based records of the 60s! Gloria's working here with producer/
arranger Frank Clark – who's recast Gloria in a heavy-hitting sound for the 70s – recording in Macon and LA with small combo
backing that hits hard with heavy bass, tight drums, and a righteous rattling groove that's quite different from Gloria's earlier hits for Everest. Tracks are mostly originals, too – and titles include "What Else Can I Do", "I've Just Gotta Tell Somebody", "How Did You Make Me Love You", "Whatever It Was You Just Did", "Love's Finally Found Me", "If You Don't Get It Yourself", and "Can You Take What I'm Gonna Do".