Lou Courtney – 1974 – I’m In Need Of Love
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One of the greatest soul albums of all time. Fans of Sam Dees will find plenty to enjoy here although the strength of this set has universal appeal amongst 70’s soul devotees.
From the sweet soul ballads of ‘Since I First Laid Eyes On You‘ and ‘I’m Serious About Loving You‘ to the uptempo dancers of the title track and the awesome ‘I Don’t Need Nobody Else‘ this album is truly a perfectly constructed set. Produced Jerry Ragovoy and Courtney himself, the musicianship, arrangement and production quality suits Lou’s voice perfectly.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Epic Records LP including covers.
A1 The Common Broken Heart (5:40)
A2 Since I First Laid Eyes On You (3:44)
A3 What Do You Want Me To Do (2:50)
A4 The Best Thing A Man Ever Do For His Woman (5:08)
A5 I Will, If You Will (4:50)
B1 Somebody New Is Lovin’ On You (5:29)
B2 I’m Serious About Lovin’ You (4:55)
B3 I Don’t Need Nobody ELse (3:34)
B4 Just To Let Him Break Your Heart (4:23)
B5 I’m In Need Of Love (4:14)
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney’s masterpiece -and it’s a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements and the record’s got a wonderfully full soul sound with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album filled with great tracks.
If you grab a copy of Billboard’s Hot 100 from any week in the early to mid 70s, you will see an abundance of fantastic soul artists dominating the charts. Great singers pouring their very souls into deep and thoughtful lyrics, all surrounded with magnificent arrangements and high-class production jobs. Artists like Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Paul Kelly, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Willie Hutch, Billy Paul, O-Jays, Donny Hathaway, and dozens more. They were the artists whose work latched into the mainstream consciousness and had worldwide hits. Their vast talents were, thankfully, recognised and acknowledged. Unfortunately, not all Soul artists were that lucky. Lou Courtney is one artist (among many others) who deserves to be held in the same esteem as any of the artists listed above – and this CD can easily stand alongside any of your favorite 70s soul albums. It really is that good. Beautifully sung, written and co-produced by Lou. Majestically arranged and produced by the legendary Jerry Ragovoy. This wonderful set of songs contains dancefloor groovers, mellow mid-tempo swayers, and late-night romantic ballads but all tracks are infinitely soulful.