Harvey Scales – 1978 – Confidential Affair

Milwaukee native, Harvey Scales is very much an unsung Southern Soul hero, writing many famous Soul songs without the recognition he deserves.

In fact, Harvey is part responsible for many of the late Johnnie Taylor’s major musical successes. Harvey co-wrote ‘Disco Lady‘, ‘Love Is Much Better in the A.M.’ amongst other songs. Harvey has also pennedv material for the likes of The Dells, The Dramatics, and The O’Jays.

Disco Lady, was the very first platinum single in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America.That success secured him a recording contract with Casablanca, where he released two albums (‘Confidential Affair’ in 1978, and ‘Hot Foot: A Funque Dizco Opera’ in 1979).

A1 Confidential Affair 5:49
A2 Eye Games 7:56
A3 Visiting Rights 4:57
A4 Where Can I Meet You 5:56
B1 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love 4:56
B2 Shake-A-Matic 4:51
B3 Look No Further Than Me 5:18
B4 Universal Love 5:54

Harvey Scales co-wrote the first certified platinum single, “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor. The singer/songwriter’s 1978 Casablanca Records debut, Confidential Affair was a collection of disco-laced soul/R&B music produced by Melvin Griffin. Co-produced by Scales and keyboardist William Scott Harralson, the album has a strong Southern soul vibe running through it. Because of its inventive production, captivating arrangements, and top-notch songs the LP has become a post-release favorite of bluesy, dance/R&B music fans and UK Northern soul devotees. The fat, funky single “Shake-A-Matic“, is particularly sought after for its chugging beat and flexing Stax-like horn section. Almost eight minutes long, it’s similar to Tyrone Davis’ lengthy “Get on Up (Disco)“, (its shorter single version is on Best of Tyrone Davis: In the Mood).

Other standout tracks are the child custody ode “Visiting Rights“, with such heart-tugging lyrics as “I know life is so much harder without a mother and a father/ if we could just start all over/ but what can I do when another man is visiting you/ visiting rights lonely nights.” The sweet, ethereal ballad “Look No Further Than Me“, will make you feel all warm inside (“I’ll be your leaning post when you’re falling down”). Confidential Affair closes out with the optimistic “Universal Love“, (“the spirit of love never ending/ get aboard this train called freedom”)