Marc Sadane – 1981 – One Way Love Affair
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A brilliant first album from Marc Sadane– an artist who never hit big at the time, but who really shines here in a set of mellow and modern soul tracks that’s completely sublime! Sadane gets great production help from the team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas – who set his wonderful vocals up in the kind of space you might hear from Leon Ware or Leroy Hutson at the time – a style that’s rich and romantic, but never overtone or soppy at all – balanced perfectly at a level that few mature masculine singers could ever do this well!
The whole thing’s a gem – and the title cut “One Way Love Affair” is a killer, and the record includes loads of other great tracks like “Sit Up“, “Love Can’t Wait“, “Midnight Love Dance“.
A1 One Way Love Affair 4:32
A2 You’re the One for Me 4:06
A3 The Fool in Me 4:11
A4 Never Gonna Stop This Heart of Mine 4:50
A5 Standing in the Shadows of Love 3:02
B1 Sit Up 4:17
B2 Girl Come On (Let’s Get It On) 4:15
B3 Love Can’t Wait 4:58
B4 Midnight Love Dance 3:26
B5 Make Up Your Mind 3:31
In terms of rare grooves they don’t come much rarer than the sumptuous ‘One Way Love Affair’ from the hugely under-rated Marc Sadane. A product of the mid seventies, Sadane fronted the band Tungsten Steele before embarking on a solo career that saw him tour with Stephanie Mills. Having caught the attention of legendary producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas this led to Marc signing with Warner Brothers with whom he released his debut album ‘One Way Love Affair’ in 1981.
The title track, which is arguably one of the finest slices of smooth soul of all time peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks.
Marc Sadane is from Savannah, Georgia. He was Music Director of his church choir before a move to New York. He joined a group Tungsten Steele in which he was lead singer having decided to make music his career choice. He performed in off-Broadway theatre and performed in Paris as a lead vocalist in “Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God”. Becoming a solo artist he established himself on the New Your club scene and befriended Phyllis Hyman. He supported Stephanie Mills in concert and the connection between Marc and his favourite soul divas was James Mtume & Reggie Lucas, the producers who took him to Warner Brothers and are behind the two albums he released.
Mtume & Lucas thrived as writers and producers during a decade of recording extravagance in the late 70s/early 80s, their lavish sound defining an era of soul music with hits for aforementioned Phyllis and Stephanie Mills. Marc did not release any new music until a liaison with Darryl Payne on a compilation “Past Present And Future” in 1988. More recently he has re-invented himself as Marc Sir Dane and recently released new music via CD Baby.
‘One Way Love Affair’ includes the excellent mid tempo title track, uptempo ‘You’re The One for me’ whilst ballads ‘Never Gonna Stop This Heart of mine’ and ‘Love Can’t Wait’ show off Marc’s gospel tinged vocals.
Marc Sadane’s fabulous voice (comparable to Luther, Freddie Jackson, Sherrick, Alexander O’Neal) and the dreamy female backing vocals complement each other perfectly, James Mtume production is superb. I wonder what could have been for Marc had Warner originally promoted this album back in the 80’s…..
His 2nd and final LP