Lou Courtney – 1974 – I’m In Need Of Love

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One of the greatest soul albums of all time. Fans of Sam Dees will find plenty to enjoy here although the strength of this set has universal appeal amongst 70’s soul devotees.

From the sweet soul ballads of ‘Since I First Laid Eyes On You‘ and ‘I’m Serious About Loving You‘ to the uptempo dancers of the title track and the awesome ‘I Don’t Need Nobody Else‘ this album is truly a perfectly constructed set. Produced Jerry Ragovoy and Courtney himself, the musicianship, arrangement and production quality suits Lou’s voice perfectly.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Epic Records LP including covers.

Tracks
A1  The Common Broken Heart (5:40)
A2   Since I First Laid Eyes On You (3:44)
A3   What Do You Want Me To Do (2:50)
A4  The Best Thing A Man Ever Do For His Woman (5:08)
A5   I Will, If You Will (4:50)
B1   Somebody New Is Lovin’ On You (5:29)
B2   I’m Serious About Lovin’ You (4:55)
B3  I Don’t Need Nobody ELse (3:34)
B4   Just To Let Him Break Your Heart (4:23)
B5  I’m In Need Of Love (4:14)

The Reviews

1

A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney’s masterpiece -and it’s a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements  and the record’s got a wonderfully full soul sound with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads  all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of  sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album filled with great tracks.

2

If you grab a copy of Billboard’s Hot 100 from any week in the early to mid 70s, you will see an abundance of fantastic soul artists dominating the charts. Great singers pouring their very souls into deep and thoughtful lyrics, all surrounded with magnificent arrangements and high-class production jobs. Artists like Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Paul Kelly, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Willie Hutch, Billy Paul, O-Jays, Donny Hathaway, and dozens more. They were the artists whose work latched into the mainstream consciousness and had worldwide hits. Their vast talents were, thankfully, recognised and acknowledged. Unfortunately, not all Soul artists were that lucky. Lou Courtney is one artist (among many others) who deserves to be held in the same esteem as any of the artists listed above – and this CD can easily stand alongside any of your favorite 70s soul albums. It really is that good. Beautifully sung, written and co-produced by Lou. Majestically arranged and produced by the legendary Jerry Ragovoy. This wonderful set of songs contains dancefloor groovers, mellow mid-tempo swayers, and late-night romantic ballads but all tracks are infinitely soulful.

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48 Comments
  • k02
    Posted at 14:40h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos.

  • RG
    Posted at 15:38h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    sweet..thanks

  • Keith
    Posted at 17:49h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    That sounds great. Thanks for posting it.

  • mulatt
    Posted at 22:48h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Nicely orchestrated.Good choice of music.Thanks

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 23:02h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 23:07h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    One of those incredible records we all should listen. This site is a record’s goldmine.

  • dcat in the cornpatch
    Posted at 23:43h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    As always, thanks for sharing some great music!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 04:38h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Definitely one of the great 70s albums – and a great needle dropper – every track is stellar !! One of my all-time favourites for consistency alone, Nikos.

    The epitomy of everything sweet about our music – a classic.

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 06:33h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Oops…is the record over? Oh that’s not a record it was only a You Tube file. I had got so into that file I forgot I had not downloaded yet. I was actually waiting for the next song!
    I am a Sam Dees fan and I do love it. I also listened to the other You Tube file The Best Thing A Man Ever Do For His Woman while I typed this and it was smooth and stellar too.
    Thanks so much Nikos. Fantastic. I just love it when old turns new!
    Bow

  • johnny
    Posted at 10:20h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Wonderful soul album. Thanks for sharing such a gem.

  • shanycrust
    Posted at 12:51h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    thanks very much nikos! you’re like the red cross but the soul cross!

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  • Paolo
    Posted at 15:06h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    A Must Have, Soul Lovers! Get it!

  • r
    Posted at 19:04h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Re: The Main Ingredient
    Where is “In the Bottle”? Did they do this?

  • Larry
    Posted at 23:58h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Absolutely a great album!

  • joys
    Posted at 00:41h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    wonderful album!! great voice and good arrangements….thank you very much for this gift….

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 03:10h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos for this Classic LP!!

  • Jonathan
    Posted at 10:04h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Nice listen for the holidays.

  • Cecil
    Posted at 10:30h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    I’m very glad I found this great site. I’m really happy for the unknown but truly excellent artists.

  • Boris
    Posted at 11:18h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Wow! That’s hot.

  • Don
    Posted at 16:01h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Yeah! Waiting for this one.

  • rich
    Posted at 19:20h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    thank u nikos for this wonderful album

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:01h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    Great post, thanks

  • Solaris
    Posted at 21:23h, 18 December 2008 Reply

    I was told about this site but couldn’t imagine how amazing is! Congrats!

  • George
    Posted at 10:12h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    Sweet Soul!!! Dope post. Thanx.

  • Frosty
    Posted at 12:25h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    It’s super!!!!

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 17:21h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    ahh… good album , Ive got this one in the crates as well, always nice to see it pop up for sure tho….Happy Holidayz Nikos…Stay Up!
    PEAS!!!!!!!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 17:45h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    I’d like to add that I actually prefer Al Johnson’s cover version of ‘I don’t need nobody else’, but hey, both a fabulous. Oh, Al Johnson from the Norman Connors’ spectacularly good ‘Take it to the Limit’ LP.

  • Tom
    Posted at 20:03h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    Fantastic northern soul again..

  • manny
    Posted at 00:14h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • kirk
    Posted at 13:22h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    How did i miss that? Excellent.

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 22:18h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this posting; excellent album.

  • cocoluxe
    Posted at 23:54h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    absolute top stuff, they sure don’t make ’em like this anymore! – thanks for sharing

  • Kelly
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you so much, Nikos (and other helpful folks and contributors such as Emmanuel)
    For you to share this music with myself and others means a lot, and I smile listening to these wonderful gems!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 20:50h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks again Nikos, from the track on youtube, this seems like something I’ll definitely dig!

  • liam
    Posted at 05:54h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Not heard this and sounds nice from your write up.

    Really appreciate the RS linx, mediafires blocked these days meaning so many sounds on other blogs is unavailable an that you’re ripping at 320.

    Thank You

  • eyal rob
    Posted at 23:22h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    suppa dope.
    again, you shine doc. thanx!!

  • Andros SRV
    Posted at 12:15h, 01 January 2009 Reply

    A Special Soul Blog. Great posts, keep at it dude.

  • Rich Raw
    Posted at 02:04h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    One of the best album i have ever heard!!!!!!!

  • spc
    Posted at 23:47h, 22 January 2009 Reply

    Awesome – I loved th is LP! Thank you Nikos for yet another great post!

  • johnv
    Posted at 06:16h, 25 January 2009 Reply

    Many thanks for this one–it’s a true classic!

  • Chris
    Posted at 14:43h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    Your introduction sold it to me……thanks

  • Stuart
    Posted at 12:17h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    I LOVE this album and had previously never heard of the man. Has to be one of my favourite soul albums ever, and that’s saying something.

  • troods
    Posted at 05:30h, 08 September 2009 Reply

    I remember hearing “I don’t need nobody else” on the radio when it first came out and got the album as soon as it was out. It was a rare album where you found that every song was outstanding. I played my vinyl death and then found it on cd many years later. I absolutely agree that he should’ve been a major player in the music world. What a gift. Glad to see your promotion of him. This is a terrific and generous site you’ve screated.

  • ivoryhammer
    Posted at 21:17h, 15 May 2010 Reply

    wow – this is an awesome album. thanks!

  • greg (again)
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 June 2010 Reply

    I was telling a friend about this website the other day,saying what a GEM it is to me !
    thank you so much 🙂

  • Eddie
    Posted at 22:58h, 17 February 2012 Reply

    Great music! Thank you!4

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