Michael Orr – 1976 – Spread Love
“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.
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.
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.