Deniece Williams – 1979 – When Love Comes Calling
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Significantly different from 1977’s Song Bird, When Love Comes Calling followed Deniece Williams’ success with Johnny Mathis on the number one Hot 100 single “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” and subsequent album That’s What Friends Are For. Williams signed to Maurice White’s Columbia-affiliated ARC label, but White was otherwise all but absent compared to his level of input on Williams’ first two albums. Williams co-produced and had a hand in the writing of eight songs on this, a Los Angeles album in every respect.
Ray Parker, Jr. and David Foster are the primary collaborators, writing, producing, and playing throughout the album, while L.A.-based session musicians, from arrangers Gene Page and Jerry Hey to a few members of Toto, fill out the extensive lineup. The biggest success was “I’ve Got the Next Dance”, an effervescent slice of galloping disco-pop that topped Billboard’s dance chart. While Williams was reticent to dip into disco and eager to leave it behind, one wouldn’t know from the exuberance she put into the song. Otherwise, the album could be categorized as soft rock as easily as soul, led by peppy songs like “I Found Love” and the title song, which should be as well-known as anything Foster recorded with Hall & Oates. There are some stunning ballads as well, including the mostly strings “Touch Me Again” (co-written with Tennyson Stephens) and the gorgeously unfurling “Why Can’t We Fall in Love?”
A1 I Found Love 2:38
A2 Are You Thinking? 4:17
A3 My Prayer 0:23
A4 I’ve Got the Next Dance 5:49
A5 Touch Me Again 5:10
B1 When Love Comes Calling 3:27
B2 God Knows 4:09
B3 Like Magic 3:31
B4 Turn Around 3:48
B5 Why Can’t We Fall in Love? 4:30
Each of Deniece William’s early releases were amazing and great displays of her vocal range and talent. With each release we got to see her grow more and more into herself as a performer and artist. From day one she had the voice of an angel that would send shivers up and down your spine. Her range is unrivaled but even more important is the raw emotion she puts into each song. WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING was her third album and a great step for her career as she ventured more into the pop/mainstream scene. But Ms. Williams never sold out. This is her first pop record and none of her vocal stylings, inspired interpretations or superb song selections is in question. At this time disco was the craze and all artists had to do their disco song. For Deniece Williams it was I’VE GOT THE NEXT DANCE and it is amazing. It is true disco but as with most disco where the beat overpowers the vocals she still shines above the great rhythm and music track. She shines as she puts her soul into this song. Then we have her ventures into pop.
I FOUND LOVE, WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING and TURN AROUND are gems. But her true soul/r’n’b roots are still here in true form. The haunting ARE YOU THINKING is [email protected] magic and her vocals here are exsquisite building to an amazing chorus. TOUCH ME AGAIN is true Deniece Williams. It is an acoustic ballad with very little instrumentation and an emotional tour de force performance by Deniece. Amazing. LIKE MAGIC is a new sound for Deniece. It is a very uptempo jazzy track and it is amazing to hear her voice run all over the scale. GOD KNOWS and WHY CAN’T WE FALL IN LOVE are beautiful pop ballads.
I cannot recommend this LP enough. It showcases Deniece Williams singing all styles of music and her voice is truly in its prime as is the exsquisite instrumentation. All musicians, song writers and producers step up their game to meet the high standards of Deniece Williams. This is a true must have and I also recommend it to collectors of quality music. This is one of the best singers ever showcased perfectly. Deniece’s vocals soar all over the range and the result is magic. Highly recommended.