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  • Audio CD (January 21, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love You So
2. You're So Good
3. It's Been You
4. Your Lonely Heart
5. The Winter
6. Oh, Daddy
7. Sorry
8. Stand By
9. Who Will Carry On

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Natalie has been one of my favorite DIVA's since I discovered her.
Chris B.
Natalie Cole's 6th Album and First 1979 Album I Love You So marks her Official Forray into Disco and Country.
Nathaniel Marsaleno McGhee
I LOVE how in the coda of the song, she declares, "I need a HUSBAAAAAAAND, YEAH!"
Starr

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KRA on May 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
By 1978 Natalie was riding a crest and her music career could seemto do no wrong. With a string of hit, well crafted albums from 1975 to 1977, and a hit double live album the year prior, she managed to develop a unigue style all her own that fused R & B, and Pop with tinges of Funk, Jazz and Gospel.

"I love You So", released in 1979 seemed to brake the chain, there are some strong tracks here, but the mix of Disco, Pop, and Countryesque songs seemed like a poor cousin to Donna Summer's 1979 blockbuster "Bad Girls" that also mixed these musical genres, but with a better flow.

The lead single "Stand By" failed to catch fire, and the followup "Your Lonely Heart" (the albums best track to me) took Natalie's core following by suprise. The same Natalie who a year earlier was packing them in to her concerts and taking her mega crossover hit "Our Love" to the top of the charts seemed to loose her way.

This album also got caught in the tabloid stories about Natalie's alleged Drug Abuse, and I remember when I first bought this album on vinyl at the Wiz in downtown Newark the week it first came out, a person on line behind me made a derogatory remark about her and that he would never buy another one of her albums. A superstars demons should not take the focus off of their artistry, but 1979 was turing out to be not Natalie's year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Marsaleno McGhee on June 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Natalie Cole's 6th Album and First 1979 Album I Love You So marks her Official Forray into Disco and Country.This Album fits perfectly into the late 1970's at the height of the Disco Era.The Disco Songs are I Love You So,You're So Good,The Winner,and Stand By,with The Country Songs bieng It's Been You,Your Lonely Heart,and Sorry,and Oh,Daddy,and Who Will Carry On? finish out the Song List.Finally Comparisons to her father the late Nat King Cole,Aretha Franklin,Diana Ross,Chaka Khan,Ella Fitzgerald,and Nancy Wilson are beginning to subside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starr on May 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely LOVED "Stand By" the first time I heard it. It's what prompted me to buy the album in the first place because of its positive message and feel-good groove. I LOVE how in the coda of the song, she declares, "I need a HUSBAAAAAAAND, YEAH!"

The first two cuts are undeniably Disco-oriented material. This is apparent. However, they're NOT the kind of Disco that Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Donna Summer, Vicki Sue Robinson or Thelma Houston were doing. It was R&B with a Disco backbeat (the title cut, "You're So Good" and "Stand By.")

Next, we move into more familiar Cole territory with the beautiful ballad, "It's Been You." Had this song been the first single, she might have known another huge hit a la "Our Love."

"Your Lonely Heart" is another ballad and was the 3rd single. It features pedal steel guitar and the soul siren attempting yodeling; It's a little startling at first, but completely palatable once you let go and really give it a fair listen. It's actually pretty and surprisingly, falls more into Country than it does an R&B element. If Capitol had marketed it as a "Country" song, it might have crossed over! It's interesting and commendable where she was trying out new things.

Next up is "The Winner," which finds us in a more jazzy place featuring her typically "badass" scatting midway through.

After this comes an R&B/Rock-styled remake of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh, Daddy." It's got electric guitar flourishes (in places) and gives off a somber, darker kind of vibe by way of its minor keys.

Another beautiful ballad in the 2nd single, "Sorry" follows.
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Format: Audio CD
It was just before the making of this album that Natalie Cole bought her first child into the world. And musically this was a world that was going through a lot of thick and fast changes. In terms of female vocalists? The gospel drenched soul shouter was still very much the standard. Even Donna Summer was embracing that side of her pipes. And as the disco era was evolving into uncertain post disco era? It was time for Natalie Cole to deliver her final album of her first...well half decade anyway as a recording artist.

The title song opens the album with a frenetic,wonderfully orchestrated gospel fueled disco friendly uptempo soul/dance number. "You're So Good" is a nice,chunky hard funk number with a strong bluesy rhythm guitar riding the funky beat. "It's Been You","Sorry" and "Who Will Carry On" are richly arranged soul ballads featuring some of her strongest vocal performances. "Your Lonely Heart" is an out and out twangy country/pop mid-tempo ballad blues while "The Winner" has a slowed down big band jazz flavored soul/pop stomp whereas "Stand By" has a jazzy pop dance flavor about it.

Seems to me as if this represents something of a transitional album for Natalie Cole. She actually went for a fusion of different genres and styles on this album-from disco/dance oriented pieces to country tinged numbers. Her voice was actually the key instrument in this album keeping the very high quality songs alive. True I'm well aware that this really began a long period of difficulty in the press regarding her substance abuse issues. At the same time? The fact that such high quality and soulful musical art could come out of someone in such a well performed manner under these circumstances is a testament to her talents. Wonderful way for Natalie to close out the 1970's.
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