Inner Life – 1979 – I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)

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.

Tracks
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)

The reviews

1

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.

2

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.

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  1. jahcisco says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Donovan says:

    I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair) is an all time classic. It reminds me the parties back at early 80’s. it stills sounds fresh to me.

  3. G.P. says:

    Yeh! Jocelyn Brown’s voice is amazing. The whole record is very good. Greetings from Portugal.

  4. nikos1109 says:

    After her fame in the clubs during the 80s, she had some wonderful solo albums. Definately one of the best soul singers to emerge from the disco years.

  5. Cristian says:

    Great singing by Jocelyn Brown and even better arrangements.

  6. beats2go says:

    thx alot

  7. Gemma says:

    Awesome cover and even greater impassioned vocal
    thanks a lot for sharing

  8. musicmeiho says:

    Thx for sharing!!!

  9. kirk says:

    You bring back memories my friend! i love what you do here.

  10. gorgio says:

    Adams and Brown is a killer compination! Now i realise who is Patrick Adams. The man behind so many great songs and artists. Your wikipedia link on Adams opened my eyes. Thank you for this.

  11. N.L. says:

    hi nikos i am 21 from Slovakia and i am new to black music. what i like in your blog is that you have all soul related styles. Funk- sweet soul – disco – psychedelic soul etc. The quality of posts and the rip are incredible! More Motown if you please…

  12. Myrhax says:

    Again and again…and again THX 4 the gifts…
    Booyah..!!!

  13. Lafayette says:

    Yup, this is the good shit! Thanks, bro! :¬)

    /Laf

  14. Groovy Emmanuel says:

    This is the sound that Larry Levan kept spinning around in his legendary club nights, where people used to dance around. That was a little after the disco era, a little before the house era. Roots of house, they say. Real music, we feel. A little reminder: Jocelyn made a cover of Side Effects’ “Always There” (a Ronnie Laws original) in 1991 as a vocalist of UK’s Incognito. Take a look in Side Effects’ “What You Need” some posts below. Music itself is constantly spinning around and always stands above any label given. Excellent post, Niko. Respect

  15. Rich says:

    Nikos another great post cant wait for it to dl so i can listen to it. again thanx

  16. nikos1109 says:

    Groovy Emmanuel, i had no idea. Thank you for your informations and support to this blog. Can’t wait to read your comments on every post.
    Creative comments and exchange our knowledge is what we need.

  17. hooch says:

    Thank You man!

  18. George H. says:

    Can’t wait to feel the magic of Jocelyn Brown. I was told that this one is the best record released by Inner Life. The cover is hot too…
    Great, quality post as always. thank you for sharing.

  19. catacaldos says:

    Thanx for the gem.Thanks for let us diggin in your fantastic music collection.

  20. nikos1109 says:

    People, if you think, it’s another disco – dance album (a lot of you may consider disco/dance/club music cheap), you are wrong. This one deserves a place in any serious soul/ funk collection. Don’t sleep!!!!!

  21. bullhill says:

    Hey, many thanks for this, I love reading the history behind the artist/albums as much as the music…your efforts are greatfully appreciated, thank you!

  22. totoro says:

    Hi nikos, I just dicovered your blog. I am very impressed by the care you put in presenting the artists and giving some background about the albums. Great work! I’m putting my teeth into it.

  23. TalkToMuch says:

    Yes nikos, is a must have. Disco had some great moments and this is certainly one of them.

  24. MsMerising says:

    Greg Carmichael, Patrick Adams, Larry Levan – all legendary music makers. And Jocelyn can SANG.

    Filas to my boy Nikos!

    M
    x

  25. manny says:

    Never heard of this tho it looks good, thanks for posting

  26. Jay says:

    Thanks for the info and the great tunes.

  27. cafecafecafe says:

    Thanks. Good one.

  28. samuel says:

    A winner compination of so many great artists. super!!!

  29. PEDRO says:

    INNER LIFE HEARD OF THEM BUT THATS IT THE U TUBE TITLE TRACK IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST I WILL ENJOY THANKS NIKOS

  30. iant says:

    This blog is incredible. Many thanks. I love Caught up in a one night love affair – all time dance classic. There is another version of this (Levan remix?) bit more up-tempo and uplifting. Do you have it?

  31. nikos1109 says:

    iant, i do not have it. But i might can find it on Soulseek.

  32. Daidodread says:

    thank again ! i love this music so much ! thank for discovering me this LP

  33. Jack Flash says:

    Thanks….I don’t remember this group, but, the write-up sound pretty good….

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  35. jean says:

    get up and dance…;i like that groove too..any cloud one dude?

  36. cheeba says:

    Thanks nikos! All time classic, was never able to get my hands on a copy and was happy to hear the whole thing.

  37. sandra742 says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  38. brotherpete says:

    wicked !!! what a great album, thanks !!!

  39. Edilson says:

    Gret site. Jocelyn Brown amazing voice.

    Edilson from Brazil

  40. Mar says:

    Thanks a lot!!!!!

  41. bongolampo says:

    thank you very dancin'
    ciao

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