Thelma Houston The Devil In Me / Ready To Roll / Ride To The Rainbow/ Reachin' All Around
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
There is no denying that Thelma Houston is best known for her 1975 re-working of Harold Melvin & The Blue-Notes hit Don't Leave Me This Way. Cleverly balancing her distinctive R&B sound with her pop sensibility, the anthem saw her rewarded with a Grammy Award. With her profile having enjoyed a huge boost in the aftermath of the hit, Houston found herself playing to a wider audience, even if the commercial success didn't match her break-out hit.
With Soul Music Records having already explored her compelling back catalogue with a series of re-releases, their new compilation - which compiles four albums released in the aftermath of her signature songs - shows why Houston is a talent that deserves greater international celebration than she currently receives.
Boasting a rich soulful vocal and an ability to attune to her emotive delivery so compellingly to her listener's receptors, that even the simplest song will give you tingles, Houston is a timeless artist whose material is as strong today as it was upon its release.
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Included in this set are the hits, “I’m Here Again” and “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning”. The bonus tracks are 1977’s “If You Won’t Let Me Walk On The Water”, a non-album ‘B’ side and 1978’s “Love Masterpiece”, a track which was used on the soundtrack of the popular movie, “Thank God It’s Friday”.
Thelma Houston worked with respected producers including Hal Davis, Michael Masser, Van McCoy and Brian Holland. Well worth hearing are her covers of Am I Expecting To Much, this is retrospective collection that is a must-have for any pop or R&B lovers collection.
Thelma Houston The Devil In Me / Ready To Roll / Ride To The Rainbow/ Reachin' All Around, 9th October 2018, 23:12 PM