An massive tribute to the genius of Leon Ware – a figure who was as important to the sound of Motown in the 70s as Marvin Gaye
– and a singer, producer, and songwriter whose talents touched the careers of countless others in the decade too! Ware had an undeniably mature, sensual style that set a whole new level for adult soul music back in the day – a quality that was so strong, Marvin
pinched his work for the album I Want You – which was supposed to be Leon's own, but instead was a collaboration between the two. And on his own, Ware is almost even better – a hell of a singer, and a really great talent for setting up a mellow groove – at a level that makes us easily speak his name in the same breath as folks like Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson. This wonderful collection features two overstuffed CDs – one that concentrates on Leon's own recordings, and a second that includes others' interpretations of his music – all with the kind of impeccable choices we expect from the Free Soul series. Leon Ware titles include "Cream Of Love", "Let Go", "I Wanna Be Where You Are", "Why I Came To California", "Inside Your Love", "Journey Into You", "All Around The World", "Love Is A Simple Thing", "Rockin You Eternally", "What's Your Name", "Nothing's Sweeter Than My Baby's Love", "Summer Is Her Name", "Step By Step", and "What's Your World". Other tracks include "Inside My Love" by Minnie Riperton, "I Do Not Know" by Syreeta, "Point Of View" by Rocky Robbins, "I Can Dream" by Thelma Jones, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" by Nancy Wilson, "Wanna Be Where You Are" by Zulema, "Vontade De Rever Voce" by Marcos Valle, "Instant Love" by Main Ingredient, "Melt The Night" by Lucas Arruda, "Gave My Heart" by Omar, "Rockin You Eternally" by Jazzanova, and "I Came To Love You" by Booker T.