Vivian Reed – 1968 – Vivian Reed
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Vivian Reed was an obscure soul singer who cut a few equally obscure albums for Epic, of which this is the first. Given that she was a new discovery by the label, it’s not surprising that the record was handled in the way that it was – she was produced in 2 different styles, one with arrangements by Jimmy Wisner that have a rootsier soul quality, the other with nice Philly touches by Thom Bell and Bobby Martin.
The Philly stuff’s the best, and the Bell/Martin team really knows how to get the best out of Vivian – especially on tracks like “Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again“, “Look The Other Way“.