A pair of lost club classics from James Wells
– back to back, with a lot of bonus tracks too! My Claim To Fame is the first album from Chicago soul singer James Wells
– an artist with vocals that often run much deeper than some of his disco contemporaries at the time, and which really get a showcase here on some of the longer songs! There's often a lot of disco at the start of the records – long tunes that build the rhythms slowly, then layer in other elements before the vocals – but when James
emerges on vocals, things really take off – and the singer is very well suited to the more upbeat backgrounds. Ian Levine – of UK Northern Soul fame – wrote and arranged the set – and titles include "I Guess That's Life", "True Love Is My Destiny", and "That's The Way The Wind Blows". The second album is an Explosion of soul from singer James Wells
– and a tight follow-up to his previous disco outing with Ian Levine! Wells
has roots in older soul styles than disco – and really makes his presence felt here on some of the album's best tracks – even amidst the sometimes stronger focus on high-stepping rhythms, percussion jams, and other instrumentation. Tracks include "Explosion", "More To Me Than Meets The Eye", "Double Dose Of Love", "There's Nothing Sweeter Than Success", and "A Case Of Mistaken Identity". CD features loads of bonus tracks – not just remixes, but a 12 completely different numbers, including a few duets with Susen Wells
. Titles include "RSVP", "Baby I'm Still The Same Man", "All I Ever Need Is Music", "No Cure For Me", "Never Let Go", "My Days Are Numbered", "Great Minds Think Alike", and "Mirror Image".
(In original slipcase.)