When this killer came out in the UK in 1991, it was one of the best soul records we'd heard in years. Carleen Anderson, the then-unknown daughter of Bobby Byrd & Vicki Anderson, sung some of the deepest vocals we'd heard in years – and she was backed by funky soundscapes filled with references and homages to greats like Roy Ayers, Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, 24-Carat Black, and many others. The record was (and is) impeccable – and it's a wondrous treat for fans of the kind of rare groove material we stock at Dusty Groove. Yet when it was originally issued in the US, Polygram stupidly "hip hopped" up the whole thing: remixed tracks, dropped vocals, and generally made the whole thing a pandering waste of an album that sounded like just another weak DJ with vocalist effort. Here, though, the album is presented in its original musical version – packaged as a 2LP advance promo to break the group on the Americ
an market before the newer (and weaker) US version came out. Features performances by the likes of Carleen Anderson, Master Ace, Johnny Lytle, Maceo Parker, and others! A treasure, and one that still sounds as fresh today! Tracks include "Apparently Nothin", "Talkin What I Feel", "All I Have", "As We Come", "Step Right On", and the majestic "Freedom Suite"!
(In a plain sleeve, with marker.)