Jay Dee – 1974 – Come On In Love

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Jay Dee - Come On In Love

 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.

Tracks
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

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  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.

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 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.

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22 Comments
  • Leo
    Posted at 11:45h, 30 November 2014 Reply

    Another great Barry White production.

  • Tiru78
    Posted at 12:03h, 30 November 2014 Reply

    Thank you for this gem! Very smooth.

  • Javier
    Posted at 21:27h, 30 November 2014 Reply

    So Awesome….I’m groovin now…LOL!

  • Dreamy
    Posted at 09:59h, 01 December 2014 Reply

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 10:04h, 01 December 2014 Reply

    Thank you!

  • Michael
    Posted at 10:28h, 01 December 2014 Reply

    Nice like it.

  • Tiger22
    Posted at 22:16h, 01 December 2014 Reply

    This whole LP is AWESOME!!!!!!

  • Basil
    Posted at 12:17h, 02 December 2014 Reply

    Wonderful, has been on my favourite list for years…so I am a bit old, ha ha..

  • Elena
    Posted at 12:24h, 02 December 2014 Reply

    Mind blowing..

  • Drago
    Posted at 10:02h, 03 December 2014 Reply

    Still lovely!!

  • Kris
    Posted at 10:59h, 03 December 2014 Reply

    Timeless album…. It stands the test of time….. 

  • Roy
    Posted at 20:28h, 03 December 2014 Reply

    The groups of this era just aren’t conceived and born anymore. I’ll stay in the crates, thanks!!

  • Mary
    Posted at 20:40h, 03 December 2014 Reply

    Smooth as silk!

  • José Alberto
    Posted at 09:40h, 04 December 2014 Reply

    Fantástica!

  • Noa
    Posted at 20:18h, 04 December 2014 Reply

    i truly enjoy the attitude and the respect to the artists on this amazing blog.

  • James
    Posted at 10:11h, 05 December 2014 Reply

    This music takes me to time i wish i lived…Thanks god people like you make it possible.

  • Gene
    Posted at 10:48h, 05 December 2014 Reply

    Thank you for posting this album! Music you hardly hear any more.

  • Xwoman
    Posted at 12:05h, 06 December 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this!!!

  • Marta
    Posted at 12:23h, 06 December 2014 Reply

    ♥I absolutely adore your work ♥ ♥

  • Adam
    Posted at 16:46h, 06 December 2014 Reply

    I’m looking forward to this one!

  • Radek
    Posted at 19:02h, 07 December 2014 Reply

    A great album, thanks a lot!

  • Alby
    Posted at 21:21h, 16 July 2015 Reply

    love the song come on in love. If anyone knows chords id really appreciate it : )

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