This November 2007 release gives us the first and best of the Louisville soul man's albums for Atlantic Records towards the end of the Seventies - with two bonus cuts added on.
Here's the breakdown (54:07 minutes)
Tracks 1 to 8 are a remastered version of the LP "Make It Good" released in the USA on Atlantic SD 19160 in August 1978
Track 9 is a Long Single Version of "One On One" - the June 1978 USA 7" single on Atlantic 3480 - this is the rare DJ promo version, which extends the album's four-minute album cut by another 40 seconds
Track 10 is a duet vocal with RAY BARRETTO, which first appeared on his 1978 "Can You Feel It" album on Atlantic SD 19198
"Make It Good" has been remastered by Rhino's long-time tape engineer BILL INGLOT and the sound is typically great - warm, funky and with plenty of wallop without having to turn it up. There is hiss evident on some of the quieter tracks like "Only Smoke Remains", but its nothing too much to detract. The booklet has an essay on the album and artist by noted writer CHARLES WARING.
Highlights include the lovely ballad "You're All I Got In The World" which sounds like "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye - while his most famous song - "One On One" has become a huge Northern Soul dance floor filler in the UK - with a groove and lyrics to match (title above). "You'll Throw Bricks At Him" sounds like "Hercules" by The Meters - funky as James Brown's DNA - the strings then kick in - it's just so good. The two bonuses are excellent too - the ballad with Ray Barretto is very loverman territory, but still so soulful - and the extended version of the huge "One On One" is icing on an already very nice cake.
"Make It Good" is old-school soul - an album that's not that well known - and should be. Hopefully, this superb CD reissue will change all of that. Recommended.
PS: the lady on the cover is not a singer, but a model - Lydia Lewis - a former Miss Kentucky
PPS: This release is part of Rhino's "CLASSIC SOUL ALBUM - REMASTERED & EXPANDED" Series.
Most titles are first time onto CD and are rare soul albums from the Warner/Atlantic/Cotillion/Elektra vaults.
Some other titles are:
1. Ace Spectrum - "Inner Spectrum" (see REVIEW)
2. Blue Magic - "Blue Magic" (see REVIEW)
3. Donny Hathaway - "Come Back Charleston Blue O.S.T." (see REVIEW)
4. Leroy Hutson - "Paradise" (see REVIEW)
5. Ronn Matlock - "Love City" (see REVIEW)
6. Gwen McCrae - "Gwen McCrae"
7. Gwen McCrae - "On My Way"
8. Prince Phillip Mitchell - "Top Of The Line" (his 2nd album on Atlantic from 1979, pictured below)
9. The Voices Of East Harlem [featuring Donny Hathaway] -"Right On Be Free" (see REVIEW)