Jay Dee – 1974 – Come On In Love
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Review by Mark Brian Mathew
The Maestro pulling strings and much more in the background, yet again.
With Jay Dee’s one-off album “Come On In Love” there’s another rare and highly collectable piece of work indeed worth having it on the player if one loves a touch of soul so familiar and great in the early to mid-seventies. And yes, it has Barry White written all over it, with up-tempo funky soul rhythms in smooth contrast with all the lush orchestration expected from the Walrus of Love.
A1 Jay’s Theme 2:30
A2 Strange Funky Games and Things 6:51
A3 You’ve Changed 5:34
A4 I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away 4:00
B1 Come On in Love 4:46
B2 I Can’t Let You Go 3:45
B3 Your Sweetness Is My Weakness 3:29
B4 Thinking of You 2:35
B5 You’re All I Need 3:10
As for Jay Dee, alias Earl Nelson, alias Jackie Lee, he was a long time friend of Barry White. Born Earl Nelson and together with Bobby Relf (Bob & Earl) he gave us the “Harlem Shuffle” in 1963 (arranged by Barry White). A few years later, in 1965 turning Earl Nelson into Jackie Lee he had a huge dance novelty hit with “The Duck”, again with Barry in the background, who together with Jackie composed the other side of the single “Ooh Honey Baby”. Well, and in 1974 Jackie Lee became Jay Dee, once again ready to cut a few tunes with his friend Barry. The years 1973-75 were a mega productive period for Barry’s Music. In addition to his own sound, Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, he produced a string of one-off albums for many other artists, including his arranger Gene Page, Tom Brock, Gloria Scott, White Heat, Westwing, Evan Pace and JAY DEE.
The 3 tracks on this album not written by Barry White nevertheless are as good and prove on top that on the whole this was a somewhat family affair in terms of Barry and his friends busy in the fields of great soulful music from L.A. “You’ve Changed” written by Bill William Carey and Terry Fischer (?) (daughter of Carl Fischer and once a member with the Murmaids and the Carnival) is a mellow sweet track and works smoothly in fine contrast with the funkier tunes delivered by our Man Barry. Same to say for “I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away”, written by Vance Wilson and Thomas Alton Anderson, the latter also in part responsible for the great “What Am I Gonna Do” by Gloria Scott (again produced by Barry White in 1974). Last but not least Tom Brock, whose only album, the great “I Love You More & More” was also produced by Barry White in 1974, contributed “I Can’t Let You Go”, my personal favourite track on this album. Track 7 “My Sweetness Is My Weakness” was written by White and Bob Relf (Bob & Earl) and Barry himself covered the song in 1978. The last track on this album, “You’re All I Need” was written by Barry and Jay Dee. So I guess in many respects, one can say that Barry and his friends had a field day in terms of writing, arranging and producing loads of “Sweet Soul Music” in the mid 70’s – this rare album being part of it . Enjoy.