Of course the album version is essential but the Jim Burgess mix takes it to a higher plane. Thank goodness it's included on this CD or else we're trawling - if need be! - for crackly old vinyl. Gregg Diamond may have had his roots in disco but he certainly knew that romance and soul was a powerful thing - the depth of feeling in this song, the sheer weight of instrumentation and positioning of strings in all the right places makes this something totally on a different plane. We''l be loving this song in another 35 years. Timeless, ageless and sublime. "Chains" is another song that remains popular and the backing vocals / harmonies definitely precede Change and gave a flavour of the greatness to come for Mr. Vandross. This is more disco than "Hot Butterfly" but not at all crass. It's a far cry from the overtly disco "When The Shit Hits The Fan (Pocket Rocket) which doesn't stand up to the test of time, but it has it's place in time and when listened to impartially, one can hear a lot of texture, light and shade. that alone stands it apart from much of the material of the day.
David Lasley - another Legend - delivers his great tenor soul and passion on "Paradise" and I have to say that this groove still sounds pretty darn good, as does the evergreen Mr. Lasley! Urban Classics also breathed new life into the funky "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)" which is a very worthwhile effort, though I can do without the spacey synths that sound like something out of Star trek! However the era was infused with cosmic influences so this is not to be too much of a surprise! Funky Town Grooves have not rested on their laurels with their liaisons with Sony Music and Universal...the goods are being delivered and there is much more goodness to come! watch this space!!!
The Vibe Scribe