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First time on CD for this 1973 album from the R&B duo. Ashford & Simpson are a husband-and-wife R&B vocal/songwriting/production duo who had numerous charting albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Wounded Bird. 2010.

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003BI76TQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 21, 2010
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As a team Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson had already made a name for themselves as renowned songwriters on Motown. All the same it wasn't until this 1973 album that the duo actually ventured out on their own for a project. This album is very much in keeping with the later day Motown sound even if it wasn't recorded on the label. There's a strong sense of soul and intelligence in their writing a well as some degree of sentimentaltity. The title song i a beefy,gospel organ inflected romantic journey. It's the type of song one could easily hear Aretha doing during her prime period;even Valerie's spoken word secion has a sassy sense of sincerity. The guitar/bass interaction between Bob Babbit and John Tropea really brings the slippery,crawling funk of "Bend Me" to life. "Have You Ever Tried It" really milks the plucky Detroit style pop/R&B/funk to a tee as does "Can You Make It Brother". The latter song also has a light acoustic soul/singer-songwriter flavor to it that again was very much in keeping with some of the musical developments of the day. "I'm Determined" with Nick on the whistler on the intro and "Ain't That Good Enough" showcase a midtempo,breezy soul funk and as with most of the music on the album has some tasty fender rhodes textures. "I Need Your Light" again dips into the catchy,early 70's style uptempo soul/funk sound with a hook as strong and insistant as anything this duo ever have done. "Anywhere" is a wonderfully built song from Valerie soloing on voice and piano and than into this great percussion led funk arrangement. Anyone at all familiar with Ashford & Simpson's historic work at Motown in the 60's will find this album to be pure burried treasure. There are no dud songs whatsoever and it got the ball rolling on their career as artists outside of the production came.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Bridges on August 22, 2012
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This is Ashford and Simpson at their best. This album has a nice jazz and r&b mix that has never really been duplicated by this group. These tracks are beautifully written and performed. "Have you ever tried it " and Gimme Something Real" stand the test of time. If you are a fan of this group it is a must have.
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one of my all time best groups seem them live one of best shows of all times they recordedone of there albulms live in philly
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