Gwen McCrae – 1976 – Something So Right

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Beautiful 70s Miami Soul, produced by Steve Alaimo & Clarence Reid  featuring Latimore on piano.

Classic Soul / Funk album from 1976, featuring the killer song ‘I’ve Got Nothing To Lose‘ sampled by Royal Flush on ‘Iced Down Medallions’.

Tracks
A1 Something So Right 5:24
A2 Tears on My Pillow 4:00
A3 Love Without Sex 4:50
A4 Mr. Everything 3:42
B1 Iron Woman 4:12
B2 Damn Right It’s Good 4:00
B3 Let Nature Take It’s Course 3:30
B4 I’ve Got Nothing to Lose but the Blues 4:42

 

AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco

Miami soul songstress Gwen McCrae never scored another huge hit after 1975’s “Rockin’ Chair“, but she did continue to make fine soul recordings through the end of the decade. One of the best of them is 1976’s Something So Right. While it lacks an obvious hit single, this album is a solid, soulful showcase for McCrae’s vocals. Her style retains the emotional earthiness needed to truly connect with her listeners. A good example of her style arrives with her performance on the title track, the cover of a Paul Simon classic, which balances an elegant and controlled delivery on the verses with a more emotional delivery on the chorus. She also displays a brassy sense of authority on dance-oriented numbers like “Mr. Everything” and “Iron Woman“.

Something So Right further benefits from Clarence Reid and Steve Alaimo’s smooth production, which keeps a solid groove rolling as it sweetens the sound with yearning string arrangements. They also apply a creative touch to the album’s cover versions: for instance, the classic Little Anthony doo wop tune “Tears on My Pillow” is transformed into a elegant ballad that gives McCrae room to throw in Millie Jackson-styled spoken interjections. The downside of Something So Right is that it favors track-to-track consistency over the kind of songs that would connect with a larger audience: this makes it likely that this album will remain a cult item. That said, anyone with a yen for 1970s soul will find plenty to enjoy on Something So Right.

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15 Comments
  • Dug
    Posted at 18:31h, 19 August 2019 Reply

    Excellent music. Key word: Music

  • William Ray Curry
    Posted at 19:32h, 19 August 2019 Reply

    I would gladly visit the 70’s if a time machine was possible♡♡♡

  • Nikos
    Posted at 20:08h, 19 August 2019 Reply

    I still have this albumn on vinyl after 40 years.

  • FRANCISCO MELLADO GONZALEZ
    Posted at 00:06h, 20 August 2019 Reply

    Great songs in a perfect voice!
    Thx!

  • Thomas Medel
    Posted at 09:47h, 20 August 2019 Reply

    Beautiful music indeed… beautiful soul.

  • Brother M
    Posted at 10:14h, 20 August 2019 Reply

    This is why I love music.

  • Emma
    Posted at 21:31h, 20 August 2019 Reply

    what a voice. i can’t stop listening to this beauty, damn isn’t she fine!!!

  • aerial
    Posted at 11:15h, 21 August 2019 Reply

    perfect

  • Rita
    Posted at 11:10h, 23 August 2019 Reply

    Waking up early Saturday morning cleaning the house jamming

  • jose
    Posted at 11:11h, 23 August 2019 Reply

    I wish i had a good old school radio station where I live that would play music like this!

  • Lorentzo
    Posted at 22:36h, 23 August 2019 Reply

    The magic of the songs is that it brings you to your youth…..

  • john M
    Posted at 11:01h, 24 August 2019 Reply

    I miss the 70’s- the music, the decades’ fears and joys. I didn’t have a care in the world.

  • wess
    Posted at 11:06h, 24 August 2019 Reply

    First time I have heard this. It is beautiful.

  • Solita
    Posted at 11:47h, 25 August 2019 Reply

    Always been one of my favorites I love her

  • Lynda
    Posted at 22:37h, 06 September 2019 Reply

    Brilliant upload,

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