Johnnie Taylor – 1968 – Who’s Making Love

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Full of all the Motown-cum-dirty south hallmarks you’d hope for, Who’s Making Love.. is one of soul’s great vocal turns. Equal parts James Brown and Ray Charles, Taylor was really one of the finest vocalists of his time and one of the more charismatic ones to boot. The album kicks off with it’s title track, a real romper of a legendary track and one of the crown-bearers of black soul’s long line of infidelity anthems. The song hints at indictment of the practice, but mostly comes off to my ears like a song about Johnnie Taylor having no problems making love to a housewife while the spouse is out making love to a mistress. The circular logic of the song is just as addictive as the music itself.

Tracks
A1 Who’s Making Love 2:47
A2 I’m Not the Same Person 3:03
A3 Hold On This Time 2:36
A4 Woman Across the River 3:14
A5 Can’t Trust Your Neighbor 2:39
B1 Take Care of Your Homework 2:38
B2 I’m Trying 2:59
B3 Poor Make Believer 2:42
B4 Payback Hurts 2:28
B5 Mr. Nobody Is Somebody 3:21

The BIG one…

Yes, the title-track was a huge, huge hit… but this album is killer all the way through. Johnnie Taylor does it all here; gettin’ down, bein’ bluesy, balladeering… you name it. A must for Soul fans.

Ironically, Taylor himself initially didn’t like “Who’s Making Love”, which he dubbed the ‘boogaty-boogaty’-thing. Be that as it may, his vocal performance really immortalizes this stomping, rocking workout. The groove is so very, very tight.

Trebling, reverberating guitars set off the sweaty blues vamp “I’m Not the Same Person“, while the delightfully arranged (check those flutes!) mid-tempo ballad “Hold On This Time” is plain sweet.

Taylor’s reaffirming his blues credentials yet again on the bitter ‘slugged-in-the-stomach’ wailer “Can’t Trust Your Neighbour” and the resigned, pensive lamentation “Woman Across the River” (both later covered by Freddie King).  

Right after that, Johnnie lays another hard-socking, busy soul groove on you with the funky “Take Care of Your Homework“, featuring some nice, punching stabs at the organ during the instrumental break.

I’m Trying” is one of my favs here… a sweet, plaintive ballad sporting some of Johnnie’s finest pleading… Superb brassy intro, as well. The desolate mood is sustained on the painfully sensitive “Poor Make Believer“, which is a tastefully orchestrated, quiet, calm and somewhat depressing ballad.

The album closes with no less than three stupendously deep, raw blues excursions: the pounding “Payback Hurts“, the wistful “Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now” and the decided “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water“.

Interestingly, the CD reissue includes the previously unreleased gem “Rumours“… why this gorgeous low-key workout remained in the cans for decades is a mystery to me.


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24 Comments
  • Joeboy
    Posted at 06:43h, 14 September 2013 Reply

    Many thanks….. great album, one of my all time classics

    Keep up the great work!
    thanks

  • Gill
    Posted at 09:46h, 14 September 2013 Reply

    Thanks for uploading this! I had the record in High School and don’t know where it is. This is one of my favorites…

  • Cap
    Posted at 10:23h, 14 September 2013 Reply

    so wistful.. so mournful.. so sweet.. his voice had it all. he gave you some emotions other singers could only dream of.

  • Jan
    Posted at 02:52h, 15 September 2013 Reply

    Thank you for this nice album

  • Jean
    Posted at 11:53h, 15 September 2013 Reply

    Indeed… a True Timeless Classic.

  • Sissi
    Posted at 12:10h, 15 September 2013 Reply

    J’ A D O R E …..

  • Daniel
    Posted at 22:18h, 15 September 2013 Reply

    Thank you this is breathtaking xx

  • Gareth
    Posted at 08:46h, 16 September 2013 Reply

    Proud to be here from the start. I love this.

  • King
    Posted at 17:46h, 16 September 2013 Reply

    One of my all time favorites!!

  • Riss
    Posted at 17:50h, 16 September 2013 Reply

    Im only 22 and i love this music . Johnnie taylor is the man

  • Veder
    Posted at 09:18h, 17 September 2013 Reply

    I used to love this song and I still do!

  • steve
    Posted at 10:19h, 17 September 2013 Reply

    Perfection. Love this man’s music.

  • Ariel
    Posted at 10:39h, 17 September 2013 Reply

    Wonderful music take me away.

  • Matthew
    Posted at 16:51h, 17 September 2013 Reply

    a great mix of soul and blues

  • Jack4
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September 2013 Reply

    One of the best southern soul singers, along with his Stax-mates,,,

  • BadA
    Posted at 11:02h, 18 September 2013 Reply

    Freaking Love this Song.

  • Felipa
    Posted at 11:05h, 18 September 2013 Reply

    This was one of my favorite albums back in the 70’s- Peace and Blessings
    God Bless

  • hooch
    Posted at 15:03h, 18 September 2013 Reply

    many thanks guys…awesome LP

  • Rob
    Posted at 20:01h, 18 September 2013 Reply

    Utterlly incredible !!!!!

  • Morris
    Posted at 09:43h, 19 September 2013 Reply

    so so so beautiful, nothings like it

  • Marco
    Posted at 21:43h, 21 September 2013 Reply

    Great stuff!

  • Adam
    Posted at 04:08h, 28 September 2013 Reply

    I’ve never listened to a whole Johnnie Taylor album. Thanks for the record.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 16:49h, 01 February 2014 Reply

    Another great album/artist!

  • A Mac 1
    Posted at 05:52h, 02 December 2018 Reply

    love u for this site

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