Billy Paul – Going East (1971/2013)

Billy Paul - Going East (1971/2013)
Artist: Billy Paul
Album: Going East
Genre: Soul, R&B
Label: Sony Music/Big Break Records/Cherry Red Records
Released: 1971/2013
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Tracklist:
East (6:29)
(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You (2:43)
This Is Your Life (4:17)
Jesus Boy (You Only Look Like A Man) (4:18)
Magic Carpet Ride (5:21)
I Wish It Were Yesterday (3:50)
Compared To What (5:21)
Love Buddies (3:40)
There’s A Small Hotel (4:30)

Bonus tracks:
Jesus Boy (You Only Look Like A Man) (Single Version) (3:20)
Magic Carpet Ride (Single Version) (3:50)
This Is Your Life (Single Version) (2:50)

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Billy Paul’s Philadelphia International label debut boasts few of the hallmarks of its breakthrough follow-up 360 Degrees of Billy Paul, let alone Philly soul as a whole — if anything, the album hews far closer to jazz, with a potent spiritual dimension that defies expectations even further. Apart from the Gamble/Huff composition “Love Buddies,” the material draws from sources outside of the Philly International sphere, spanning from Rodgers & Hart’s “There’s a Small Hotel” to Gene McDaniels’ “Compared to What.” The arrangements are complex but deeply funky, perfectly suited to Paul’s sagelike vocals. A fascinating, genre-defying record, finally reissued on CD in 2007 as part of a two-fer with the subsequent War of the Gods.
Review by Jason Ankeny

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