LoveByrds: Soft & Easy

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released at the same time as Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds, LoveByrds: Soft & Easy takes an alternate route through the Blackbyrds' discography, stepping away from the clubs and picnics and into dimly lit dining and living rooms. Though the disc does have the makings of an alternate Blackbyrds history, it does contain a couple upbeat numbers and chart hits, such as "Life Styles," "Time Is Movin'" (which reached number 15 on the Black Singles chart in 1977), and "Soft and Easy" (which hit number 20 the following year). A significant percentage of the material qualifies as easy listening soul and proto-smooth jazz, and though it's certainly mood music, it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released at the same time as Happy Music: The Best of the Blackbyrds, LoveByrds: Soft & Easy takes an alternate route through the Blackbyrds' discography, stepping away from the clubs and picnics and into dimly lit dining and living rooms. Though the disc does have the makings of an alternate Blackbyrds history, it does contain a couple upbeat numbers and chart hits, such as "Life Styles," "Time Is Movin'" (which reached number 15 on the Black Singles chart in 1977), and "Soft and Easy" (which hit number 20 the following year). A significant percentage of the material qualifies as easy listening soul and proto-smooth jazz, and though it's certainly mood music, it's highly developed mood music that is too dynamic and engaging merely to fade into the background. An extra piece or two from their soundtrack to Cornbread, Earl and Me (like "Mother/Son Talk") would have been a nice touch, but this set puts a unique spin on the Blackbyrds' history that is far more than adequate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072301955
  • Catalog Number: 30195
  • Sales rank: 137,365

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Heavy Town (3:01)
  2. 2 All I Ask (3:52)
  3. 3 At the Carnival (2:49)
  4. 4 Wilford's Gone (2:21)
  5. 5 Love Is Love (4:47)
  6. 6 Soft and Easy (4:24)
  7. 7 April Showers (3:51)
  8. 8 Summer Love (5:09)
  9. 9 Dreaming of You (3:33)
  10. 10 Lady (5:04)
  11. 11 Flying High (3:32)
  12. 12 The Baby (5:18)
  13. 13 Life Styles (3:12)
  14. 14 Time Is Movin' (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blackbyrds Primary Artist
Kevin Toney Keyboards
Perk Jacobs Percussion
Barney Perry Guitar
Orville Saunders Guitar
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Saxophone, Wind
Allan Curtis Barnes Saxophone, Wind
Keith Killgo Drums
Technical Credits
Kevin Toney Composer
Donald Byrd Composer
George Horn Mastering
Don Mizell Liner Notes
Larry Mizell Composer
Orville Saunders Composer
Phil Bray Cover Photo
Allan Curtis Barnes Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Keith Killgo Composer
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