An amazing record -- quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare -- a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time -- and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great -- and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! 2 LeRoy Hutson is one of the great songwriters, singers, producers in soul music - a superstar! Or at least he should've been. Over the years he's been getting more and more recognition for albums such as this, which he thoroughly deserves as this is one-helluvan-album. Released on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records in 1975 (LeRoy replaced Curtis in the Impressions before the inevitable move to go solo), this is possibly LeRoy's best LP as it contains the all-time classics 'All Because Of You' and 'Lucky Fellow' which are bona-fide soul treasures! But the whole thing is great and will appeal to lovers of real soul, rare groove, funk, and great quality music!
Leroy Hutson - 1975 - Leroy Hutson
A1 All Because Of You (7:03)
A2 I Bless The Day (4:45)
A3 It's Different (4:42)
B1 Cool Out (3:00)
B2 Lucky Fellow (5:02)
B3 Can't Stay Away (6:33)
B4 So Much Love (3:19)
1. So in Love with You
2. Love, Oh Love
3. When You Smile
4. Getting It On
5. Time Brings on a Change
6. I'll Be There, I'll Still Care
7. I'm in Love with You Girl
8. As Long as There's Love Around
LEROY HUTSONFeel the spirit
1. It's the Music
2. Let's Be Lonely Together
3. Never Know What You Can Do (Give It a Try)
4. Lover's Holiday
5. Feel the Spirit ('76)
6. Don't Let It Get Next to You
One of the most underrated soul producers of the '70s, multi-talented producer/singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Leroy Hutson began his career in various vocal groups around his hometown of Newark, NJ, in the '60s, but saw his early success as a co-writer for Howard University roommate Donny Hathaway's 1970 hit single "The Ghetto." Hutson would later replace Curtis Mayfield in 1971 as the lead singer in the Impressions and stayed with them until 1973, when he followed in Mayfield's footsteps and launched his own solo career. His smooth, imaginative productions set the bar very high for everyone at the label (including its owner) to follow suit. Although his lyrics were not as politically fueled as Mayfield's, Hutson's love-inspired songs were responsible for a string of mid-'70s classics for which he and Curtom are best known.
While he would enjoy the commercial success during a string of albums in the mid- to late '70s, he also lent his production and songwriting skills to several labelmates, including the Natural Four. After the closing of Curtom Records in 1980, Hutson's career diminished into obscurity with the exception of 1982's jazz-funk-tinged Paradise. However, he has maintained a strong cult following among soul collectors to this day, and in 2000 Sequel Records had the good sense to reissue not only the original albums on CD but a two-disc anthology spanning the greatest hits of his career. ~ Rob Theakston, All Music Guide
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