Loleatta Holloway – 1976 – Loleatta
Fantastic album! Worth for “Hit And Run” alone. Loleatta wails and belts out with amazing power, and the music is classic Salsoul with thumping drums and bass, crispy guitar, lush violins and sassy brass. “Dreamin'” and “Ripped Off” are equal shake-your-butt disco tracks with powerhouse performances. She cries her heart out on the ballads, including the gorgeous “Is It Just A Man’s Way” and her version of “That’s How Heartaches Are Made”.
A1 Hit and Run (6:01)
A2 Is It Just a Man’s Way? (3:46)
A3 We’re Getting Stronger (The Longer We Stay Together) (4:37)
A4 Dreamin’ (6:21)
B1 Ripped Off (4:53)
B2 Worn Out Broken Heart (5:38)
B3 That’s How Heartaches Are Made (3:04)
B4 What Now? (6:21)
In 1976, Loleatta switched to the Salsoul distributed Gold Mind Records, to which she had been introduced via its owner, the late Norman “The Harris Machine” Harris. Harris was a brilliant guitarist and together with Ron Baker (bass) and Earl Young (drums), formed the prominent production/song writing/arranging/musician team of B-H-Y. The trio had been active on Philadelphia’s Soul/Disco scene since the early sixties and made up M.F.S.B.’s rhythm section. In addition to playing on countless sessions, B-H-Y were an integral part in Salsoul’s correspondence to M.F.S.B.; The Salsoul Orchestra, i.e. a massive studio band which successfully recorded in their own right, as well. Besides Loleatta, Baker, Harris and Young wrote, produced and played behind First Choice and Double Exposure, groups they had brought to Salsoul’s roster and which were some of the label’s best selling acts. Loleatta’s debut single on Gold Mind, “Worn Out Broken Heart”, which reached #25 on Billboard’s R&B charts in November of ’76, was nowhere near the sophisticated Disco her name is so tightly connected with today. Produced by Floyd Smith, the song was yet another Sam Dees ballad and Loleatta’s further output would continue to mix danceable material with soulful balladry. The B-side of “Worn Out Broken Heart”, “Dreamin'”, was a Billboard Hot 100 hit. Both “Dreamin” and the follow-up “Hit and Run” were produced by Norman Harris and filled dance floors everywhere. Loleatta’s first LP on Gold Mind, simply entitled “Loleatta”, was issued in 1977. Three tracks were recorded in Chicago and produced by Floyd Smith, the remaining five at Sigma Sounds in Philadelphia and featured B-H-Y’s fellow M.F.S.B colleagues and Philly luminaries Ron Kersey (keyboards), Larry Washington (percussion), Bobby Eli, Roland Chambers (guitars), parts of M.F.S.B’s string and horn section, plus Vince Montana, Jr. (vibes). Mr. Montana co-wrote Loleatta’s next smash, “Runaway”, which was a joint venture between Loleatta and The Salsoul Orchestra.