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Willie Hutch Top 200 Shop
2016 Remastered Reissue - Limited Edition.
Officially licensed and remastered for vinyl by Simon Francis, it has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original artwork and liner notes.
A monumental force firmly rooted in the soul canon, Willie Hutch is most notable for recording two of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks, The Mack and Foxy Brown. Yet his legacy is much greater. Outside of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Hutch was arguably Motown's top male solo artist of the 70s. Prior to his association with Gordy et al, Hutch crafted his opening statements for RCA, two vital LPs that Be With Records is honoured to present today.
His debut, Soul Portrait (1969), is an incredible slice of gritty, Southern-fried soul. Think Stax with a touch of Detroit sparkle. As a whole, the album demonstrates the self-contained act Hutch was, he wrote every tune on the album while also arranging and conducting for it. It features 11 timeless grooves, with a blend of beat ballads and undeniable dancers.
The album's centrepiece is undoubtedly the iconic, brooding minor-key masterpiece "A Love That's Worth Having". The album's most recognisable track, it's a towering ballad drenched in stylish, sliding horns and elevated by its stunning backing vocalists. It was famously sampled by Madlib to augment his soundtrack for Stones Throw's Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton as well as 9th Wonder for the Murs classic "Dreamchaser". Whilst one can understand these iconic beatmakers for leaning on the work of a master, you really need to own the track in its full, unedited glory.
|A1.||Ain't Gonna Stop||John Florez||03:06|
|A2.||You Can't Miss Something That...||John Florez||02:32|
|A3.||A Love That's Worth Having||John Florez||02:47|
|A4.||Good To The Last Drop||John Florez||03:00|
|A5.||That's What I Call Lovin' You||John Florez||01:54|
|A6.||You Gotta Try||John Florez||02:26|
|B1.||Let Me Give You The Love You ...||John Florez||02:34|
|B2.||Lucky To Be Loved By You||John Florez||02:50|
|B3.||Keep On Doin' What You Do||John Florez||02:18|
|B4.||Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me Hi...||John Florez||02:32|
|B5.||Do What You Wanna Do||John Florez||03:12|
Aint gonna stop
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