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 Bola
n – but who's a heck of a great talent on these 70s albums too! Vixen has Jones working with Bola
n 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 Bola
nd – 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".