La Toya Jackson
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Digitally remastered reissue of the 1980 debut solo album from this member of the talented Jackson clan, featuring music produced by her brother Michael Jackson. The album features Stevie Wonder guesting on harmonica plus the track 'Are You Ready for Love' written by Billy Ocean. Eight tracks. Cherry Pop.
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Until this is properly remastered, you're gonna have spend a long time on eBay trying to find the original Japanese CD release (which was remastered properly) of this album which is extremely rare.
With the release of her 1980 self titled album, middle sister La Toya was well on her way to making that name for herself, even before younger sister Janet had tried to do so. Though vocally not as strong or trained as others in the family, La Toya had a special something, a unique voice perfectly suited for the Disco/Funk styles that dominated the airwaves during the late 70's and early 80's, plus a lot of charisma and the looks of a model. It does not hurt that there were some great, catchy arrangements on songs like "If You Feel the Funk", which peaked at #101 on the Billboard charts, "Save Your Love", "Are You Ready?", and "Night Time Lover", produced by brother Michael, who was becoming one of the best and most recognized singers in the world after the success of his "Off the Wall" record. La Toya also showed an ability to sing ballads as she did on "My Love Has Passed You By" and "A Taste of You(Is a Taste of Love)". This was a very good record that was overlooked despite the fact that it showed La Toya's potential and her ability to make the most out of her qualities. From this point on, she would continue the progression on her next record, "My Special Love" and then released a truly good, although forgotten, 80's Funk Pop gem in 1984 titled "Heart Don't Lie", which was also her most successful album ever.
After that things started to go downhill in her musical career and La Toya became known the world over but for other controversial reasons such as her Playboy photo sessions and her statements regarding Michael Jackson during the 1993 accusations. Regardless of what some think about La Toya, musically she had some talent, enough to make the Pop world take notice and a longtime music fan such as myself feel the need to praise her through a review like this. Give her a try and you might be surprised.