Leroy Hutson – 1973 Love Oh Love
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Leroy Hutson had an amazing start to his career as a solo artist. He kept churning out one fine LP after another,with these recordings being his best. In fact it could be argued that all his work for the the Curtom label is essential listening.The quality level is high and the music smooth,well written and lushly produced. Heavy use of strings and horns and a fine understanding of songwriting.
Why this guy is not more famous is a complete mystery to me.
His albums are a must for any soul lover’s collection without hesitation.
All the groovy people will enjoy these recordings.
Leroy Hutson – 1973 – Love Oh Love
A1 So In Love With You (2:58)
A2 Love Oh Love (3:48)
A3 When You Smile (4:21)
A4 Getting It On (Theme For The “Jay Johnson Affair”) (3:59)
B1 Time Brings On A Change (4:45)
B2 I’ll Be There, I’ll Still Care (3:07)
B3 I’m In Love With You Girl (2:40)
B4 As Long As There’s Love Around (3:31)
Another of black music’s finest singers, musicians, writers, arrangers, producers – he did it all! Leroy Hutson’s first four albums are all essential. Soulful as hell, with a touch of blues, gospel and jazz – Hutson’s high-pitched vocal style just oozes with good vibes. It’s an album you can leave on from beginning to end – the ballads fitting in between such uplifting string-laden tracks such as the title track. Those strings could only have come from Chicago – and indeed Hutson was part of the Curtom stable of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions. There’s also some serious funk – such as Time Brings On A Change and the ARP synth workout Getting It On (the theme from The Jay Johnson Affair).
After working as a writer and producer for such soul music stalwarts as Donny Hathaway and a stint replacing Curtis Mayfield as the lead vocalist in the Impressions, Leroy Hutson embarked on a solo career with 1973’s Love Oh Love. The album combines the kind of smooth soul music that Hutson performed with the Impressions with more ambitious and conceptual outings in the vein of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. When Hutson sticks to love songs, Love Oh Love is magical: “So in Love With You” combines a honey-sweet romantic vocal from Hutson with a spine-tingling string arrangement to create an elegant and heartfelt ballad, while the title track raises its tale of lost love to an up-tempo level with jazzy horns and a percolating rhythm arrangement. “As Long as There’s Love Around” is another effective romantic track that layers Hutson’s velvety vocals over a complex instrumental track that combines gentle strings and brash horns with an insistently grooving bassline. The progressive-minded tracks are less satisfying: “Time Brings on a Change” is a political commentary song whose use of a Martin Luther King sample is a little too gimmicky for its own good, and “Getting It On” is a funk instrumental that fails to work any memorable hooks into its pleasant groove. Despite these problems, nothing on the album is less than listenable and everything flows together nicely to create a cohesive (if somewhat short) album. In short, Love Oh Love is one of the most consistent albums in the Leroy Hutson catalog and a good introduction to his silky soul style.
A1 All Because Of You (7:03)
A2 I Bless The Day (4:45)
A3 It’s Different (4:42)
B1 Cool Out (3:00)
B2 Lucky Fellow (5:02)
B3 Can’t Stay Away (6:33)
B4 So Much Love (3:19)
An amazing record — quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing’s a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare — a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy’s got a voice that’s both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time — and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow “Cool Out”, the funky “Lucky Fellow”, the sweet “All Because Of You”, and the sublime cuts “It’s Different” and “Can’t Stay Away”. The whole thing’s great — and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene!
LeRoy Hutson is one of the great songwriters, singers, producers in soul muisc – a superstar! Or at least he should’ve been. Over the years he’s been getting more and more recognition for albums such as this, which he thoroughly deserves as this is one-helluvan-album. Released on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in 1975 (LeRoy replaced Curtis in the Impressions before the inevitable move to go solo), this is possibly LeRoy’s best LP as it contains the all-time classics ‘All Because Of You’ and ‘Lucky Fellow’ which are bona-fide soul treasures! But the whole thing is great and will appeal to lovers of real soul, rare groove, funk, and great quality music! In a word (well, a few words): YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!