Margie Joseph – 1974 – Sweet Surrender

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A truly excellent Soul album, sumptuously produced, arranged and orchestrated by Arif Mardin. It sounds on par with the best Aretha Franklin’s albums, due to the musicians involved: Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Purdie, Ralph MacDonald … The back singers include artists who recorded their own solo albums: Cissy Houston, Judy Clay, Gwen Guthrie … Margie Joseph recorded some excellent albums for Stax/Volt and Atlantic before slipping down to inferior material ; they are worth discovering. Her forte was to cover other artists’ songs in her own idiosyncratic way, here Billy Joel, Bread, Wings, Paul Kelly and Jerry Butler.

Tracks
A1 Come Lay Some Lovin’ On Me 3:55
A2 (Strange) I Still Love You 3:30
A3 Come With Me 3:13
A4 Baby I’m-A Want You 3:03
A5 To Know You Is To Love You 3:28
B1 If I’m Still Around Tomorrow 3:09
B2 My Love 3:45
B3 Ridin’ High 3:24
B4 He’s Got A Way 3:45
B5 Sweet Surrender 2:55

“Sweet Surrender” came out in 1974 under Arif Mardin at Atlantic. This is one of my favorite albums by Margie Joseph, aside from “Margie Joseph”(1973). I like every song om this album, whether Margie is doing a cover or an original song, her strong, soulful, yet mellow sound with it’s gospel undertones is intoxicating. Not to mention the wonderful background vocals done by The Sweet Inspirations. I also love the way the album mixes one song into the next taking you on a spiritual musical journey through time and love.

The album opens with Paul McCartney’s “Come Lay Some Lovin’ On Me” highlighting strong instrumentals and voacals to match, reaching #32 R&B in late 1973. Grooving right into “(Strange) I Still Love You“, which is simply soulfull through and through, and then the mellow “Come With Me“.

I love Margie’s interpretation of Bread’s “Baby I’m-A Want You“, along with the bluesy teasing fun she displays on “To Know You Is To Love You“. “If I’m Still Around Tomorrow” is as poignant as it is melodic. Margie’s rendition of “My Love” is soulfull and climbed to #10 on the R&B chart and #69 Pop during the summer of 1974. It segues nicely into an original song called “Riding High” which has great music and lyrics. Switching genders on her cover of Billy Joel’s “He’s Got a Way” is uplifting and mesmerizing. The album closes with another Bread cover “Sweet Surrender” which is delivered in pure Margie Joseph style; sweet, soulful and solid!

I really enjoyed listening to this album and I never tire of of it. Margie’s vocals are superior, coupled with excellent musicians and the backed by The Sweet Inspirations, it doesn’t get any sweeter than this!!!

You can also enjoy her 1971 album “Makes a New Impression” in our back pages here

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18 Comments
  • Jane
    Posted at 20:11h, 06 January 2019 Reply

    This is pure soul and love 💜

  • erl
    Posted at 22:15h, 06 January 2019 Reply

    So beautiful and soulful

  • sheila
    Posted at 10:02h, 07 January 2019 Reply

    sublime margie joseph!!

  • Zion
    Posted at 21:30h, 07 January 2019 Reply

    Now thats a powerful performance, u can feel the emotion.

  • Marsha
    Posted at 21:48h, 07 January 2019 Reply

    Those were the times.

  • J. Sullivan
    Posted at 19:52h, 08 January 2019 Reply

    a stunning record in every way.

  • Zenia
    Posted at 00:16h, 09 January 2019 Reply

    Nice so very nice…not familiar with this artist.

  • Jim
    Posted at 00:13h, 10 January 2019 Reply

    Thanks for this upload. I’ve never heard it before. I’m looking forward to checking this out!

  • Xavier
    Posted at 00:15h, 10 January 2019 Reply

    Excellent chain of soul records.Love your blog man.

  • Darkman
    Posted at 00:57h, 10 January 2019 Reply

    This takes me way back, and it sounds as good as ever.

  • JAY STEPHENSON
    Posted at 09:52h, 10 January 2019 Reply

    awesome album

  • Mark
    Posted at 19:38h, 10 January 2019 Reply

    A real treat. Thanks very much for sharing these great albums.

  • Sigma
    Posted at 20:13h, 12 January 2019 Reply

    What an album, keep up the good work, it’s very appreciated!

  • Olof
    Posted at 12:48h, 13 January 2019 Reply

    Paul McCartney’s ‘Come Lay Some Lovin’ On Me’ is my favorite here. Love this album all the way through.

  • HawaiLulu
    Posted at 14:16h, 15 January 2019 Reply

    Thank you for uploading this great sound, so good real music.

  • Dee
    Posted at 01:01h, 16 January 2019 Reply

    Ain’t nothing like that old school, especially when it’s singing about you.

  • Gordon Wess
    Posted at 11:10h, 17 January 2019 Reply

    New to me. looks good. thnx

  • carbone
    Posted at 23:57h, 17 January 2019 Reply

    This is seriously good shit!

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