A new week and the weather is getting warmer, so let’s change the mood and the music style. Let’s cheer up and dance. While I was ripping this, I couldn’t stop dancing. Brothers this is Inner life’s debut album.
Inner Life spawned a handful of amazing disco singles and three accomplished LPs that have remained as powerful as they day they were recorded. Not so much a group as a shifting unit of closely connected producers and musicians, the most significant constant of the group was the presence of Jocelyn Brown, a vocalist who can logically be referred to as the Queen of Disco. Throughout Inner Life’s existence, the work of several luminaries graced the group’s recordings. Patrick Adams, Leroy Burgess, Greg Carmichael, Stan Lucas, Bob Blank, Tee Scott, and Larry Levan each played significant roles in Inner Life’s output.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original 1979 Prelude record with covers.
A1 I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair) (7:54)
A2 I Hope It’s The Right Time (8:50)
B1 I Want To Give You Me (8:00)
B2 You Got Me Dancing (6:30)
B3 You Don’t Have Dancing On Your Mind (5:42)
This isn’t an album that houses the joyous hop of “Moment of My Life,” and it doesn’t contain the towering triumph of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” either, but Inner Life’s I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair) is an immensely enjoyable full-length — one of the Prelude label’s finer moments despite its low profile. Save for the assistance of Patrick Adams and Debbie Hayes on the sad title track, everything is produced with the sensitive touch of Greg Carmichael. The album is rife with sweet, upbeat dancefloor material, including “You Got Me Dancing,” “You Don’t Have Dancing on Your Mind,” and the particularly excellent “I Want to Give You Me.” What truly makes this album — beyond the stellar production, slick arrangements, and crafty session work — are the vocals of Jocelyn Brown, who turns in typically lively and forceful singing throughout. It’s safe to say that the greatness of “I’m Caught Up” is overlooked due to the preeminence of Inner Life’s other classic singles, but it’s probably one of the finest “proper” songs of the disco era.
Inner Life’s breakout occurred in 1979 with “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)” a sad but redemptive single written in part by the venerable Patrick Adams (who put together Musique, another Jocelyn Brown group that scored with “In the Bush” and “Keep on Jumpin’”). Arranged by Adams and produced by him with help from Greg Carmichael and Debbie Hayes, the song peaked at #22 on the U.S. R&B chart but deserved even better. The single was originally released on Carmichael’s TCT imprint, but soon after its initial release, a bidding war broke out between a number of labels for the license to release it a second time. Prelude won out by paying $17,500 and helped take it to the charts with exposure that Carmichael’s small label could not provide.
A few words for Jocelyn Brown :
Unless you’ve been living in a cave since the late ’70s, you have heard Jocelyn Brown’s voice at one point or another. As clichéd as it sounds, if the term “disco diva” appeared in a dictionary, a picture of Jocelyn Brown would most likely be placed next to its definition. Brown’s immensely power-packed and impassioned voice has been the lead behind several definitive and timeless disco classics, and it has also been present in background roles on numerous others. Short-lived disco groups like Inner Life and Musique hit the upper reaches of the dance charts in large part due to Brown’s contributions, and she has also had success as a solo performer. Producer Patrick Adams, an associate of Brown’s during her time spent with Inner Life and Musique, has referred to Brown as one of the greatest vocalists he has ever known.
And a few more for producer/arranger/songwriter Patrick Adams who As a Writer, he consider his 1979 DISCO stomper “I’m caught up (In a one night love affair)” by Inner Life (with lead vocals by Jocelyn Brown) as one of his best works. The reason he likes it so much is because that record contained some fantastic background, insane string lines and tremendous energy from all involved… It rocked from beginning to end. Adams has worked with Sister Sledge, Black Ivory (discovering them), Loleatta Holloway, Coolio, Herbie Mann among many many others.