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Very Special

LP (Item 2261) Elektra, 1981 — Condition: Used
Temporarily Out Of Stock

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Definitely a very special album from the lovely Debra Laws – member of the famous Laws family of groovers, getting a chance to really shine here in the spotlight! The grooves have a great mix of jazzy fusion and soul – handled by brothers Ronnie and Hubert, but given a sharper, crisper vibe than either of their music – which works perfectly for Debra's blend of focus soul and more sophisticated jazz-styled moments. Some cuts have Laws tippling nice and high – ala Minnie Riperton – while others have her sliding right down in the rhythms in this really great way, and winning us all over again with her charms. Titles include the incredible title cut "Very Special" – a classic mellow groover that we'll never tire of – plus loads of other great tracks, like "Be Yourself", "Your Love", and "Long As We're Together". (Includes the printed inner sleeve.)  © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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