“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

There was one major factor that separated L.T.D. from the glut of funk bands that populated the music scene in the mid ‘70s; their lead singer, Jeffrey Osborne. Although Osborne is best known now as a balladeer, he’s an expressive and versatile vocalist who is equally capable with slow jams or funk workouts. I’d actually… Read More “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

“Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” by B.T. Express (1974)

Nothing but a funk band, doing their thing over a simmering proto-disco groove.  How did I not know these cats were from Brooklyn until just now? Wikipedia didn’t help me this time, either! Last.fm gave me this surprising (to me, anyway) info. Yes, folks, I still scribble like a mug. Anyway, regardless of where B.T.… Read More “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” by B.T. Express (1974)

“Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Dancing Machine” was notable because after 18 months or so of J5 singles that weren’t exactly big hits, “Dancing Machine” (which turned out to be the brothers’ highest charting single in three years) seemed to right the ship. Turned out that “Dancing Machine” was only a temporary fix, and the Jackson brothers departed Motown less… Read More “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey (1991)

I have a weird appreciation for pop balladry from the early ‘90s, particularly the trebly, semi-new age production of Walter Afanasieff. He did a ton of work with primarily (exclusively?) Columbia Records artists (Celine Dion, NKOTB, Michael Bolton). His productions were the sound of adult contemporary radio for quite a long time. While his productions… Read More “Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey (1991)