Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Black & Blue (1973/2010)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Black & Blue (1973/2010)
Artist: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Album: Black & Blue
Genre: Soul
Label: Big Break Records
Released: 1973/2010
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Tracklist:
Cabaret (1:45)
The Love I Lost (6:27)
It All Depends On You (4:53)
Concentrate On Me (3:13)
Satisfaction Guarenteed (Or Take Your Love Back) (3:32)
Is There A Place For Me (7:01)
I’m Weak For You (6:54)
I’m Coming Home Tomorrow (6:16)
The Love I Lost (Part I – Single Version) (3:36)
I’m Weak For You (Part I – Single Version) (3:24)

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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ second album found the group continuing to ride its early peak, featuring the hit “The Love I Lost” (in a six-minute version longer than the one that made the pop Top Ten) and an additional Top Ten R&B hit in “Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back).” The album and its “The Love I Lost” single also became milestones for Gamble & Huff productions and Philadelphia soul in general for introducing the dance groove that became so integral to disco. But while the two hits and “Is There a Place for Me” were forceful uptempo tracks, they were balanced by a good number of effective ballads, the only misstep (and a most curious one) being the decision to lead off the album with a cover of “Cabaret.” The 2010 CD reissue adds the “Pt. 1” single versions of “The Love I Lost” and “I’m Weak for You” as bonus tracks, and, more importantly, very interesting liner notes spotlighting detailed recollections by MFSB guitarist Bobby Eli.
Review by Richie Unterberger

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