Lenny Williams – 1978 – Spark Of Love
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A real classic from Lenny Williams, most likely his strongest solo album ever! By the time of this set, Lenny had been out of Tower Of Power for a few years, working on his own in the west coast scene.
But the real genius here comes from producer/arranger Frank Wilson – once a key force at Motown, but here a key contributor to the album – creating a set of smooth groovers and wonderfully mellow tracks that bring out a warmly silky quality that we’d never heard in Lenny’s vocals before!
Includes the smooth ballads “Think What We Have” and “Cause I Love You“, the latter a fantastic stretched out soul track that has Lenny in a Teddy Pendergrass mode that’s miles ahead of his old work!
A1 I Still Reach Out 5:37
A2 You Got Me Running 7:45
A3 Midnight Girl 6:01
A4 Think What We Have 4:18
B1 ‘Cause I Love You 7:07
B2 Changes 5:03
B3 Half Past Love 3:41
B4 Love Came And Rescued Me 4:02
Following the success of CHOOSING YOU, his debut album for ABC Records, Lenny Williams really hit his stride as one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s with the 1978 release of SPARK OF LOVE which became his best-selling and a gold album for the Arkansas-born, California-raised singer/songwriter.
Lenny first came to the attention of the U.S. record-buying public as the lead singer for funk/soul band Tower Of Power from 1972-1975 on now-classic hits such as ‘What Is Hip?’ and ‘So Very Hard To Go.’ Prior to that, he recorded singles for Fantasy Records and Atlantic. Other solo projects included a one-off solo LP with Warner and one album for Motown (“Rise Sleeping Beauty”).
As he recounted in liner notes for the reissue of SPARK OF LOVE (an expanded edition with three single edits) by renowned US writer, Rashod Ollison, one of the songs on the Motown LP was ‘’Cause I Love You’ which Lenny had been performing live to great audience response. When it came to recording his sophomore ABC project, Lenny and producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others) decided to re-record the song as a ballad. Subsequently, the song has become Lenny’s timeless signature tune, featured in numerous soundtracks and sampled by major rap and hip-hop artists, although never issued as a single.
It is also includes the soulful uptempo ‘I Still reach out for you’, ‘You Got Me Running’ and the great mid tempo dancer ‘Midnight Girl’ .
A must have.