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9/3/1996

Review

A hodgepodge of generally generic slow and midtempo urban grooves spanning the early '80s through the early '90s, all of the tracks here were produced by label founder Butch Ingram, formerly of the family funk outfit Ingram. On an evidently very paltry production budget, it's hard to disguise lackluster melodies and mediocre vocal abilities. Hence, Michelle Gold's "Lost in Love," Marki's "Tell Me, Tell Me, Tell Me," and Butch Sam & the Central Station Band's "Say That You Will" are easily forgotten. Even the veteran soul artists featured here would've been better off to pass on the meaningless material supplied: Barbara Mason sounds tired and totally uncreative on the trivial, obnoxiously homophobic "Another Man," while Blue Magic and Major Harris simply seem stumped to be singing such inferior fodder. The fact that Ingram wrote or co-wrote all but four of the disc's 17 tunes explains a lot, though. Two tunes toward the latter part of the program present themselves as noteworthy in an otherwise empty ocean: Roz Ryan's semi-funky shuffler "Boy, Where Have You Been" and Vera Brown's emotive "Little Did I Know," which she co-wrote. But unless one is desperately seeking one of the latter, this unimpressive bunch is better left alone. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Another Man Barbara Mason 6:2
  3. 2 (Joy) I Know It Odyssey 5:46
  4. 3 Constantly Ronnie Dyson 4:57
  5. 4 I Believe in Love Major Harris 4:9
  6. 5 My Magic Is Real Blue Magic 4:19
  7. 6 Tell Me, Tell Me, Tell Me Marki 4:53
  8. 7 Someone on My Side Men 3:54
  9. 8 You Broke Your Promise Edmond Daniels 3:34
  10. 9 Lost in Love Michelle Gold 4:43
  11. 10 You Wear Me Out The Sigma Sweethearts 4:2
  12. 11 Say That You Will Butch Sam & The Central Station Band 3:36
  13. 12 Since You've Gone Booker Newberry III 3:38
  14. 13 Boy, Where Have You Been Roz Ryan 6:30
  15. 14 Still Loving You Brandi Wells 6:0
  16. 15 Never Too Late Julius Brown 3:59
  17. 16 Little Did I Know Vera Brown 3:36
  18. 17 Mr. Man Alectra 5:8

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