Love Machine – 1975 – Love Machine
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Well, that’s a real surprise!
Raphy promised to send gems that never have been posted to other blogs and here’s a group that most of us never heard of them before. The last few days Trakbuv and I, tried to find any information about the group or the album but nothing important showed up.
(The) Love Machine was a 70’s female disco/soul group, released a lot of 7″ and Lp’s most of them in Europe. Trying to find their discography i got confused but must be the same group on a 1973 live album released in France. After this 1975 LP released by Phillips in Nederlands, there’s another one – with the same title – released in Italy, Nederlands and France, (see here) in 1977 and in USA by Buddah (see here) in 1978 which includes what i suspect was their biggest hit “Desperately”
Enjoy this rare album with short reviews by Raphy and Trakbuv along with some nice covers of their albums.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Phillips LP including covers.
A1 Poor Side Of Town 3.00
A2 It Only Happens (When I Look At You) 2.58
A3 Brickyard Blues 3.02
A4 You’re The Song 3.01
A5 Laughter In The Rain 4.54
A6 In The Mood 2.10
B1 That’s My Style 3.43
B2 Shoot Your Best Shot 3.16
B3 City In The Sky 3.24
B4 You Wanna Make It To The Top Of The Mountain 2.32
B5 I’ve Got The Music In Me 5.11
Review by Raphy
Love Machine, What a funny name for a bevy of talented Ladies…I think to myself. So, as usual I consult my greatest advisor, ‘Google’ to tell me more about these beauties>>>>and again Google Failed to surprise me by revealing…NOTHING!
Apparently, I found a place on the net that is selling the single For HUGE Bucks….that means I have something of great value, I smirked to myself.
So folks, this will be a very short review only if it can be expanded by our proficient writers, Nikos, Trakbuv or Groovy Emmanuel.
This LP provided some technical challenges while I was doing the editing.. So it’s not as clean as I would like…but it pass by my standard.
If You like to dance, This is the LP for you…From the first track to the last your speakers will be pulsating with Disco beats, Up tempo tunes, Lively Jazz.
So folks, my advice is to chill out with a glass of bourbon or scotch on the rocks……and for those ‘like me’ that can’t afford those liquor…WATER on the ‘ROCKS’ will suffice. But very importantly, constantly look on the album cover…..and I promise you will be transported to a very good place!
As for me, I am dancing with the LP a breath away.
Review by Trakbuv
Well, I for one am impressed by an LP that appears to have materialized from nowhere in Raphy’s magic music box. The only information I have managed to turn up is regarding another LP I strongly suspect to be by the same band dating from, just to confuse matters, the same year – ‘The Love Machine’ by THE Love Machine – featuring the 7 lovelies silhouetted against a picture of a tiger. That LP was released on Ducale (PD 340) in Europe (France and Italy). The LP has a different tracklist of 10 titles composed again of several cover versions, but also some originals by Curtis Nolan & Raymond Crossley (of Nolan & Crossley fame). I have also found another source suggesting the LP may also have been titled ‘Feel My Love’ (see the video clip below).
Love Machine comprised of Bernice, Kathy, Mary, Paulette, Renee, Sandy & Sheila, all of whom were capable of handling lead vocals – itself an impressive achievement. The ‘Stars & Stripes’ theme also appeared to feature heavily in the band’s image . On this wonderful LP that Raphy has provided, there are some very nice cover versions – most notably Neil Sedaka’s ‘Laughter in the rain’, The Staples ‘City in the Sky’, Kiki Dee’s ‘I’ve got the music’, Aretha/Jackie Wilson’s ‘It only happens’, and Glenn Miller’s ‘In the mood’ (?). And yes indeed – this is a quality boogie joint, but I would personally like to draw special attention to ‘You’re the song’, an unbelievably awesome rare groove lilter that will have UK DJ’s kicking themselves for not having discovered it and then falling over themselves to correct that mistake ! Definitely my style. As is the lovely ballad ‘That’s my style’ – no not the Main Ingredient number, but a similarly glorious plodder showcasing the elegance of the girls. Raphy – a truly remarkable surprise, my Caribbean friend.
Never released on CD. Listen up the wonderful “Desperately“
Waiting for your replies on the album or the post, especially if you got any more information about the group. Finally do not forget to thank Raphy for sharing another rare find of his amazing vinyl collection.
“Love Machine” 1978