Randy Crawford ‎- 1979 – Raw Silk

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“Raw Silk” is an album for the late nights when you just want to be chilled down with soft but great soul music. This woman has one of the sweetest female voices i know of, and this album was made before she got into the soft pop area. There’s a lot of singers out there who has a lot to learn from listening to Randy Crawford. The way she shows her vocal range without sounding strained.

It’s a wonder why she did not gain more success than she did, just listen to her version of “I Stand Accused“. It’s excellent!

A1 I Stand Accused 4:52
A2 Declaration of Love 4:28
A3 Someone to Believe In 3:52
A4 Endlessly 4:42
A5 Love Is Like a Newborn Child 4:09
B1 Where There Was Darkness 4:01
B2 Nobody 3:43
B3 I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me 4:25
B4 I Got Myself a Happy Song 3:04
B5 Just to Keep You Satisfied 4:58
B6 Blue Mood 3:16

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By  Joel Rodriguez

Whenever I compile a list of all-time favorite albums, this one is on it. Randy’s vocals, song selection and the musicianship are flawless. I had been a fan of Randy Crawford from her first solo LP, with “Everything Must Change” and more, but this lp still stands as one I can play all of the time. She never oversings yet lets loose and rips into the meat of a song. “I Stand Accused” is along the lines of Etta James. “Newborn Child” is superb lyric and beautifully understated vocals.

Her cover of Marvin’s “Just To Keep You Satisified” just blows me away- Wait for the 2nd time she rips into (oh, so subtly) the phrase “I could never love nobody like I love you baby”. There aren’t many albums that I recommend totally, but this is most defeintely one!!!!

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By Kent Browning

Randy Crawford lets loose on this recording and that is a welcomed suprise. From the gripping “I stand accused” to the sad ballad “Nobody” you’ll find her in great form and power! This soulful release will have you begging for more. At 11 songs it is simply not enough.

Another standout is the optimistic and upbeat “Declaration of love“. Randy is known for being a subtle vocalist at times, but she lets it all hang out on the wrenching “Blue mood” and bitter “I hope you’ll be very unhappy without me“.

The true gem is her version of Marvin Gaye’s “Just to keep you satisfied“. What starts out as a low key romantic pleading Randy Crawford turns into a soulful mourn. This gives the original a run for its money. She stays true to the arrangement but gives it a female twist that cannot be rivaled. Well done!

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  • rich
    Posted at 22:18h, 10 November 2016 Reply

    thank you nikos

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 23:41h, 10 November 2016 Reply

    Love Randy’s voice. Great LP.

  • Dama
    Posted at 09:52h, 11 November 2016 Reply


  • Wilton
    Posted at 11:46h, 11 November 2016 Reply

    One of distinctive voices of our time, Never outgrew her till now. I keep listening from time to time.

  • FwFw
    Posted at 14:27h, 11 November 2016 Reply

    Sweetness. What a talent.

  • R Daniel
    Posted at 21:05h, 11 November 2016 Reply

    Great time – Great music!!!!

  • Miguel
    Posted at 19:37h, 12 November 2016 Reply

    Love this Lady.

  • 111Sol
    Posted at 19:55h, 12 November 2016 Reply

    Timeless. Randy never gets outdated

  • Erol
    Posted at 12:28h, 13 November 2016 Reply

    This is one of my favorite smooth Jazz ladies for the Quiet Storm Ms Randy Crawford.

  • Nick
    Posted at 12:35h, 13 November 2016 Reply

    absolutely sensational

  • Barbara Woods
    Posted at 16:07h, 13 November 2016 Reply

    Can’t get enough of her music. Thanks

  • Potter
    Posted at 19:15h, 13 November 2016 Reply

    Thank you! Marvelous post!

  • cherie
    Posted at 09:51h, 14 November 2016 Reply

    Just love her voice.

  • Joy
    Posted at 19:07h, 14 November 2016 Reply

    Fantastic :-)

  • William Jam
    Posted at 00:07h, 15 November 2016 Reply

    Awesome vocalist, We need to hear more of this style, real heart felt music.

  • AriMari
    Posted at 11:56h, 15 November 2016 Reply

    Another fine Lp, many thanks nikos as always!

  • Marco
    Posted at 19:49h, 15 November 2016 Reply

    Bellissima ❤

  • Galen
    Posted at 10:31h, 16 November 2016 Reply

    Love Randy. Thank u.

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