Randy Brown – 1978 – Welcome To My Room
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Welcome To My Room is a mellow soul masterpiece from Randy Brown – a crucially-overlooked talent from the late 70s, working here with a totally put-together vibe! The album’s got the mature, mellow feel of some of the best work by better-known 70s contemporaries – like Leroy Hutson or Lamont Dozier – polished, but never slick – and flowing out with a sensual groove that’s especially nice on the more laidback or midtempo cuts. Randy’s vocals have some great deep soul echoes – much more so than other singers of this type – and mixed with the warm production from Homer Banks and Carl Hampton, they give the album a rich quality that totally grabs us – a bit like some of Teddy Pendergrass‘ best mellow work with The Blue Notes.
A1 Do It Baby 4:12
A2 I Wanna Make Love To You 3:30
A3 Love Is All We Need 4:46
A4 I Love You Baby 6:58
B1 I’m Always In The Mood 3:53
B2 I’d Rather Hurt Myself (Than Hurt You) 3:41
B3 Sweet, Sweet Darling 4:22
B4 Too Little In Common 6:25
The late seventies and very early eighties were the years of the ultra-smooth swaying dancers and very very laid-back bedroom stories. Both styles had a great ambassador in Randy Brown, an ultra soulful singer whose work is sadly very underrated. This man has some serious soul tunes on each and every one of his albums. So don’t be misled by his dubious attire on the record sleeves, this is more than just a poor man’s Barry White. “Welcome to my room” was completely written and produced by that famous duo Homer Banks and Carl Hampton. Songs with title like “Do it baby”, “I wanna make love to you” and “I’m always in the mood” turn out to be brilliant floaters and dancers with all the right moves. Check this guy out, if you like (for instance) Prince Phillip Mitchell, Marvin Gaye or David Oliver (Greg Burgess)
Memphis’ Randy Brown has long been known to the soul cognoscenti and his almost cult status rests chiefly on the two hugely collectable albums reissued here. ‘Welcome To My Room’ came out in 1978 and ‘Midnight Desire‘ was first issued in 1980 and both reveal a real old school soul singer whose southern roots and Stax-based apprenticeship shine through on each cut. Vocally, Brown readily admits that he styled himself on David Ruffin – but listen in and you’ll also hear traces of Tyrone Davis, Sam Dees and Teddy Pendergrass. The Teddy P connection is most obvious on the searing ‘I’d Rather Hurt Myself‘( which writers Homer Banks and Carl Hampton clearly based on the Bluenotes’ ‘I Miss You’) and their ‘I Love You Baby‘ which sees Randy imitating Teddy’s warm oil, turn down the lights, chill the Chablis mode. Both those cuts come from the ‘Welcome To My Room’ album whose other highlights include the ultra-catchy ‘I’m Always In The Mood‘ ‘ and the dramatic old school ballad, ‘Too Little In Common‘— originally recorded by the Newcomers after Brown left, it’s a true Southern classic; salty Denise LaSalle, among others, has cut the slow, rambling tear-jerker. In all, eight prime songs that define deep soul.