Gloria Scott – 1974 – What Am I Gonna Do
A Legentary Soul Album by a lady with a velvet voice.
Another classic from the rare groove days, with originals changing hands for over £100. Produced by Barry White with Tom Brock and Vance Wilson, it includes the soul weekender special “Too Much Lovemakin” and much sought after title track.
1. What Am I Gonna Do 3.41
2. It’s Better To Have No Love 3.16
3. I Think Of You 4.40
4. Love Me, Love Me, Love Me Or Leave Me, Leave Me Leave Me 4.19
5. I Just Couldn’t Take A Goodbye 4.31
6. That’s What You Say (Everytime You’re Near Me) 3.18
7. (A Case Of) Too Much Lovemakin’ 3.51
8. Help Me Get Off This Merry-Go-Round 3.45
Possibly the hottest of the bunch is this gorgeous modern soul affair from Casablanca Records in 1974. Born in Texas Gloria became a member of Ike & Tina Turners backing group The Ikettes, and this release couldn’t be further from that sound. After moving to Holywood her then manager introduced her to Barry White who at that time was just breaking big himself via his own solo career, as well as producing the aforementioned Love Unlimited. White took over the production on Gloria on this album, plus another later in 1974 which have become major collectors items. The opening track which made it to a 45 did very little at the time and one now looks back in total amazement at a missed opportunity for a hit record. The northern soul fraternity always looking for new tunes picked up on her ‘Too Much Lovemakin‘ for their modern scene where this is still very much in demand. A fabulous orchestrated uptempo affair displaying Gloria’s vocal talents to the max, and a song to truly sell this set. The song ‘Help Me Get Off This Merry-Go-Round‘ remains a song I keep returning to which is pure soul that today’s artist can only look to in admiration. A truly exceptional singer – and a truly exceptional album.
One of the greatest soul records of all time and an album that we’d never part with! Gloria Scott only ever recorded this one full LP but that’s more than enough, as the whole thing’s a masterpiece produced by Barry White with the best of his 70s approach, and featuring songs written by lesser known White protege, Tom Brock! Nearly every single cut’s a classic a mixture of deep soul, mellow soul, and slight traces of funk all gliding effortlessly together with White’s stone cold production, and Gloria’s instantly captivating vocals. Titles include “Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, or Leave Me, Leave Me, Leave Me”, “I Think Of You”, “That’s What You Say”, and “Too Much Lovemakin” – and the whole thing’s great!