L.T.D. – 1977- Something To love
Review by Dusty Groove
Rip, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos
A great little groover from LTD, and perhaps their most perfectly realized LP! The album features arrangements by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Martin – and in a way, Martin’s style works better for the group than most of their other arrangements. He mixes together funk, club grooves, and smooth soul with a sophistication that matches that many talents of the group without spreading them too thin. Jeffrey Osborne’s vocals really shine on this one, too. Something to Love is the fourth album release for the Los Angeles, California -based band, L.T.D.. On their fourth release, L.T.D. was on fire with a number-one album on the R&B chart and number-one R&B single (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again also charting number 4 on the pop chart.
A1 Age Of The Showdown 5:41
A2 (Won’t Cha) Stay With Me 3:59
A3 (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again 4:44
A4 You Come First At Last 4:05
B1 We Party Hearty 5:15
B2 If You’re In Need 3:58
B3 Never Get Enough Of Your Love 3:47
B4 Make Someone Smile, Today! 4:03
B5 Material Things 4:14
Review one by M. Spencer (Amazon)
In 1977 L.T.D. collaberated with long time Philly producer/arranger Bobby Martin and he became their producer for the next three albums. During this time Martin was getting fed up with long time working partners Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff at Philadelphi International Records and wanted to start producing other artist under different circumstances. At that time was also the producer for the soul group the Manhattans and moved out to California to work with L.T.D. because he saw the great potential in the band and with Jeffrey Osborne’s great lead vocals could really work some magic. And what a great marriage it was with Martin adding a little of that Philly soul with some of his new ideas which amazingly was very different from the other artist he produced. The smash song on this album was “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” and it was the first time L.T.D. scored a number one hit with a uptempto tune and their second straight number one r&b song. When I first heard this album back in the late 70’s/early 80’s I liked, but not nearly as much as I do now that I can appreciate this spectacular piece of work. As much as I love the bands funk tunes, ballads always seem to be their specialty with great lead vocals of brothers Jeffrey and Billy Osborne(these brothers really had some soul in their DNA). My personal favorites on this album are “(Won’t Cha) Stay With Me,You Come First At Last(with a great lead vocal by Billy Osborne),If Your Need,Never Get Enough Of You Love“, and “Make Someone Smile Today“(another great lead vocal by Billy). I thought L.T.D. really set themselve from the pack with this release and their were more great things to come in the future for the band. Solid effort overall and a must have.
Review By Amy Hanson (AMG)
Producer Bobby Martin once said of L.T.D. that “they play well, they write well, their vocals are moving, and they have a special energy.” He couldn’t have been more correct. What they’d begun with their delicious mix of classic funk and heart-wrenching soul on 1976’s breakthrough Love to the World LP, they furthered just a year later on Something to Love. Their sonic dexterity was well-appreciated, as the album shot to number one on the charts. L.T.D. again included a little something for everyone across this fantastic, elastic set. The opening “Age of the Showdown” is an eclectic and completely cohesive mix of funky bass and intricate guitar loops, dance rhythms and pop ethic, married to Jeffrey Osborne’s remarkable vocals, which themselves swing from blistering funk inflections to bluesy call outs and on to sweet R&B breaks without missing a beat. Elsewhere, the chart-topping “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again” is a sweet slab of funk given a run for its money by “Material Things“, which revolves around John T. McGhee’s outstanding basslines, while “We Party Hearty” weighs in with vibrant horns. And, of course, Something to Love wouldn’t be worth its salt without a gorgeous Osborne ballad, captured here on “(Won’t Cha) Stay With Me.” The album stumbles only on “You Come First at Last” and “Make Someone Smile, Today!“, as organist Billy Osborne steps behind the mike to handle the vocals. He’s got a good voice, to be sure, but when slivered next to his brother Jeffrey, it’s quickly apparent why he’s the lead vocalist here. And despite that one glitch, this is still an outstanding effort and smooth blend, no matter how you cut it. Something to Love would mark some of L.T.D.’s last great funk material as they began to swing slowly into the waters of mellow R&B.