Strong as you like, "Party Freak" opens up this set and for me is stronger than the extended 12" version by far. Harder, more concise and full of everything that made this musical marriage so brilliant: The soulful vocals of the Cashflow crew as well as Larry Blackmon's super-funky production and more than able rap vocal break. This kind of stuff wipes the floor with today's insipid manufactured R&B drivel, and reissues such as this will always be right on time, vastly overshadowing any new release. The hit that was "Mine All Mine" was the pinnacle of well crafted adult R&B that successfully took both the US and UK hit parade by storm. Oh, what great days these were! A quality adult groove that stormed into the Summer with style, class and vigour. Again, the album version is the stronger effort here for me and is still, after 24 amazingly fast years, in rotation at home and in the car. This is 'fell-good' soul dance at it's 80s best, and similar plaudits accredit "Can't Let Love Pass Us By" also. A pity their follow-up release was nowhere in the same league, but comforting to know that the band still perform and will hopefully get back into the studio. This would be good news indeed! An essential release.
The Vibe Scribe