Michael Orr – 1976 – Spread Love

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“Spread Love” was originally released in 1976 on the Detroit based Sunstar label. Largely ignored when it was first issued, it has since gained cult status among soul collectors worldwide. Inspired by the musical vision of Quincy Jones, Michael Orr and bass player Carey Harris assembled a cast of musicians and vocalists to create a timeless masterpiece which effortlessly blends soul, jazz, funk and gospel influences.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the Counterpoint reissue LP including covers.

Tracks
A1  Ecstasy, Fantasy & Dreamland 3.32
A2   Let Me Be With You Awhile 4.12
A3  Here I Go (Through These Changes Again) 3.08
A4  Feelings 5.06
A5   A Piece Of Mine 5.34
B1   Spread Love 5.21
B2   Keep My Fire Burning 5.24
B3   You Opened My Eyes To The World 6.38
B4   Afterwhile 3.05

A gem of a smooth soul album  completely rare in the original, and a completely honest soul testament from singer/songwriter Michael Orr and Chris Harris! The record’s got a sound that reminds us of a lot of the tracks you’ll hear on the Modern Soul comps on the Goldmine label  a smooth approach at the base, with touches of soul jazz, and handled with a bit of roughness that makes things sound a lot more real than some of the other soul coming out at the time. Orr’s got a real talent for a song  and his commitment to strong vocals can be heard in his mix of styles that recall bits of Andy Bey, bits of Jon Lucien, bits of Gil Scott-Heron, and bits of DJ Rogers.

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Love is the message…finally: Musician Michael Orr has waited 25 years to Spread Love.

Honey drips from Michael Orr’s rich baritone voice much like that of his musical idol, Lou Rawls. And that baritone sweet and smooth is omnipresent on Mr. Orr’s album Spread Love, originally released in 1976.

Many remember the `70s as the platinum age of R&B. Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Spinners, Curtis Mayfield and Norman Connors were among a myriad of musicians at peak power. Indeed, it was a great time for beautiful Black music.

Michael Orr probably should have been part of that party too, but it wasn’t meant to be-at least not then.

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Original copies sold from 85$ to 380$ here. You can buy the original vinyl here and the cd here.

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35 Comments
  • jahcisco
    Posted at 22:26h, 13 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • jesus_bizzie
    Posted at 23:39h, 13 February 2009 Reply

    awesome!
    thank you very much!

  • k02
    Posted at 23:50h, 13 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you Nikos

  • Donoso
    Posted at 00:33h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks,

    Keep ’em coming!

  • Simon
    Posted at 03:32h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    Nikos, if you didn’t exist we’d have to invent you. Big thanks for this!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 04:15h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    Wow!! Amazing post. I can’t wait to hear this. Much Thanks Nikos!!

  • music monk
    Posted at 11:34h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    This is a real masterpiece. One of my favorite soul records ever!

  • hooch
    Posted at 11:40h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    Many Thanks Nikos!

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    Great honest 70’s soul music. The band is great, the arrangements are well done, and Michael Orr has a cool voice.

  • Dean
    Posted at 21:43h, 14 February 2009 Reply

    This is a very unique and sadly overlooked 1970’s soul classic. And check out that crazy album cover.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:48h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    Great one, thank you!

  • Astral Pro
    Posted at 02:29h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    Nice, thanks again

  • Arthur
    Posted at 03:27h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    I just don’t believe that i’ve found a copy of this album. Thank you.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 12:34h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting Nikos! Always something new for me to listen to!

  • Noa
    Posted at 13:09h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    Man, this music is so seductive. Much love.

  • henofj
    Posted at 20:42h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    So super much thanx fpr everything on this blogg. Just love your style. And there is so much here that I once myself own. Rhis one I first stumble over round 1985 and it was a great party. This one I let the dj woth me home for 10 dollars … yeees it’s true. In 93 I sold it for 25 to a crazy dude. But I guess That the crazy dude can get ride of it for much more hahaha so I’m the crazy one. So I santch it with love. See you when bohannon comes up. In 1991 I did a interview with him…oooboy what a mess he was. But some good stuff did he.

  • Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 21:02h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    Wow, this looks excellent – just seeing the cover and reading the background info makes it so much more enjoyable to listen to the album! Many thanks!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 21:19h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    What a pleasant surprise! Like most of you i have never heard it. Thanks.

  • xTC
    Posted at 01:05h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    Great one! Obrigado.

  • Redddox
    Posted at 03:50h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    This is a great album, thanks for spreading the joy and love of great music.

  • Will
    Posted at 09:58h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    superb drop man!big thanks!

  • Kosta
    Posted at 13:16h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    thanks!!!!
    a wonderful album i never herd of before
    reminds me a bit of Lonnie Liston Smith+Andy Bey soul stuff…
    stunning arrangiaments…

  • Unnerholm
    Posted at 14:47h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    Nikos, Once again thanks for your continued great postings!
    I never heard about this guy, but by reading the info I can tell it’s going to be right up my alley…
    Can’t wait to load it into my phone this afternoon!
    Cheers!

  • Mel
    Posted at 20:35h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    thanks a million for these great drops!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:23h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    nikos thank u for this one. this one is new to me cant wait to hear it

  • Sara
    Posted at 01:09h, 17 February 2009 Reply

    Fantastic post for my ears.Thank you.

  • Lord Byron
    Posted at 10:31h, 17 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you for all your hard work and bringing me all this pleasure.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 14:50h, 17 February 2009 Reply

    Grabbed this when it was ‘re-released’ on Counterpoint CD in 2001. I admit to struggling a little with the MOR tones in his voice on occasion, but the production is top class all the way through. However, when the material suits his baritone – like on ‘Ecstacy’, and the WHOLE of side B – its amazing that only 5000 were originally pressed !! My faves are the title track and ‘You opened my eyes’, both of which are a rare groover’s dream. A major find of the noughties – great great selection, Nikos !

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 14:52h, 17 February 2009 Reply

    PS. Johnnie Taylor does a nice version of ‘Here I go’ on his ‘Rated Xtraordinaire’ LP

  • alex
    Posted at 21:33h, 19 February 2009 Reply

    hey nikos!
    many thanks for this great drop man!

  • Jazzsoulman
    Posted at 22:47h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for this fantastic album

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:49h, 24 February 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:14h, 06 March 2009 Reply

    Awesome album, thank you very much.

  • soti
    Posted at 00:46h, 27 June 2009 Reply

    Outstanding 70s soul album. Wow!!! =) many thanks, niko!

  • stephaine
    Posted at 23:25h, 10 February 2010 Reply

    My cuz sent me one of the first albums and I still love this album

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