MFSB – 1973 – Love Is The Message
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This all-time classic album can (in many ways) be seen as the point from which such disparate and different genres as Disco, Quiet Storm and Smooth Jazz sprang up. While the eternally popular “Love Is The Message” and “T.S.O. P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)” were the huge hits other gems like MFSB’s smooth yet groovy cover version of Diana Ross’s “Touch Me In The Morning”, the mellow yet very jazzy “My One And Only Love” and the laid-back but funky “Bitter Sweet” offer additional incentive for you to buy this classic album.
A1 Zack’s Fanfare 0:23
A2 Love Is The Message 6:35
A3 Cheaper To Keep Her 6:52
A4 My One And Only Love 4:34
B1 TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) 3:43
B2 Zack’s Fanfare (I Hear Music) 0:50
B3 Touch Me In The Morning 6:21
B4 Bitter Sweet 5:26
MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” album was released in 1975 on Philadelphia International Records just as the Sound of Philadelphia and the genious of Gamble and Huff was dominating America. The album doesn’t disappoint. Filled with lush R&B mid tempo grooves and sophisticated Disco, backed by angelic vocals of Three Degrees and strings that G&H were known for, this is the quintessential mid 70’s R&B album. Backed by the one two punch of the title track and “TSOP(The Sound Of Philadelphia)” with backing vocals by Three Degrees, both became across the board # 1 smashes and found a loyal following at Disco’s during the early days of the emerging Disco trend. The rest of the album is jazzy and sleek R&B and is pure joy. “Cheaper To Keep Her“, “My One And Only Love” and “Bitter Sweet” are silky smooth R&B grooves that have a jazzy feel to them and the band’s beautiful take on Diana Ross’ “Touch Me In The Morning” rounds out the album. If taken as a whole and not just the sum of its parts, the album is richly satisfying and sounds as romantic and beautiful today as it did 40 years ago.
A must have for any collector of early 70’s R&B.