Edna Wright – 1977 – Oops! Here I Go Again

A stunner of a solo set from Edna Wright – once the lead singer for Honey Cone, but almost even better on this smooth soul masterpiece from the 70s! The album’s got an immediately recognizeable moment in the leadoff cut “Oops Here I Go” – sampled famously by De La Soul and others – but the whole thing’s amazing, a killer bit of warm, modern soul put together by the legendary Greg Perry – who makes the whole thing shine every bit as much as his own great Smokin album of the time!

Edna’s vocals are wonderful – more mature than before, and really stepping out with a proud, sophisticated sort of groove – almost in territory of Jean Carn or Gloria Scott, particularly the latter on some of the album’s more grooving cuts. 

Tracks
A1 Oops! Here I Go Again 3:52
A2 Spend The Nights With Me 4:02
A3 Tomorrow May Never Come 3:35
A4 Nothing Comes To A Sleeper (But A Dream) 4:05
B1 You Can’t See The Forrest (For The Trees) 6:12
B2 Come Down (Get Your Head Out Of The Clouds) 5:44
B3 If The Price Is Right 6:24

Edna Wright’s idiosyncratic “Oops!” is one of the most sublime vocal refrains in soul music history. Anchoring its host album’s leadoff cut, it sets the tone for a uniquely satisfying modern soul LP. Indeed, whilst many of its ilk come laden with filler, Wright’s one solo record is an exercise in elegant restraint; a concise killer.

Originally released in 1977 on RCA, this rare and sought­after album followed the 1973 disbanding of Edna’s much­loved Honey Cone. Produced by her husband, legendary producer/songwriter Greg Perry, the album was somewhat of a risk; a deep soul album released during the period when disco was altering the landscape of popular music. And perhaps inevitably, despite the stellar production and spine­tingling vocals throughout, the album glided gracefully under the radar, spawning only one single and seeing no chart action. That single the magnificent title­track ­ soon became a notorious rare groove stepper in its own right. However, in the years since, it has become a crate diggers classic. Its fame was elevated among hip­hop heads when Prince Paul memorably looped the shimmering intro when crafting the melodic hook for De La Soul’s late­summer­stunner “Pass The Plugs”, a wistfully melancholic back-porch nostalgia trip. And, more recently, Leon Vynehall liberally lifted the same intro for his sepia-tinged “Midnight On Rainbow Road” to augment the excellent Rush Hour compilation Musik For Autobahns 2.

Yet this album is so much more than its most famous song. An assuredly lean masterpiece from start­to­finish, the album features a further six dynamite tracks of warm, smooth soul. As such, it’s an impossible task to choose certain tracks to highlight alongside the mighty title track. Throughout, Edna’s strikingly mature vocals are wonderful, proudly stepping out with a sophisticated groove reminiscent of Jean Carn or Gloria Scott, whilst Greg Perry’s gorgeous string-drenched backdrops add a rich depth. So much so, many of the other tracks have been sampled by producers with impeccable taste, from 9th Wonder to The Alchemist for songs featuring Nas and Talib Kweli.

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16 Comments
  • Frank
    Posted at 20:25h, 07 October 2017 Reply

    Edna and Greg. Just amazing.

  • Americo
    Posted at 22:36h, 07 October 2017 Reply

    Nice. Thank u.

  • Gary
    Posted at 11:19h, 08 October 2017 Reply

    Sure it was a good time, this is still a fresh and good music.

  • Wess
    Posted at 21:26h, 08 October 2017 Reply

    Love this joint

  • Arne
    Posted at 11:43h, 09 October 2017 Reply

    Thanks as always for the great music.

  • Alan
    Posted at 17:58h, 09 October 2017 Reply

    Wonderful ❤🎵

  • Nelly
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 October 2017 Reply

    If The Price Is Right, my fav song of the album.

  • Nash
    Posted at 09:16h, 11 October 2017 Reply

    This is some dope shit.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 18:06h, 11 October 2017 Reply

    This looks very cool…and if my gut is right, this will become a new favorite

  • S. James
    Posted at 10:49h, 12 October 2017 Reply

    Thanks for showing me so many great sounds !!!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 19:28h, 12 October 2017 Reply

    Love it

  • Spok
    Posted at 09:45h, 13 October 2017 Reply

    oooold school classic!! Thank u.

  • Colin
    Posted at 23:26h, 13 October 2017 Reply

    Blue lights in the basement

  • fabien
    Posted at 20:54h, 15 October 2017 Reply

    A good listen all the way through, thanks.

  • Formiga
    Posted at 20:55h, 15 October 2017 Reply

    It seems like this album will be wonderful.

  • Domino
    Posted at 13:50h, 28 October 2017 Reply

    Great album Great Times.

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