Melba [1978]

Melba [1978]

by Melba Moore

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Melba [1978]

Not to be confused with Melba Moore's like-titled 1976 album for Buddah, this 1978 release was the singer's first for Epic and second with Gene McFadden and John Whitehead. It could be seen as a half-recycled patchwork, but that wouldn't be fair. Moore and her collaborators slightly quickened the pulse of the Bee Gees' "You Stepped into My Life," turned it into a winding dancefloor groove, and took it to the Top Five of Billboard's disco chart, as well as the Top 20 of the R&B chart. Two of the stronger songs McFadden and Whitehead wrote for Archie Bell & the Drells' Hard Not to Like It -- "There's No Other Like You," a ballad, and "It's Hard Not to Like You" -- are given straight, impassioned readings. The same can be said for the closing "Where Did You Ever Go," a true vocal showcase written by Dexter Wansel that's just as fiery as the version heard on Jean Carn's self-titled album for Philadelphia International. Among the purely new material, the decent ballad "Together Forever" is notable for being the first song written solely by Moore, while the rhapsodic "Pick Me Up, I'll Dance" was nearly as successful on the disco chart as "You Stepped into My Life." This is a Philly album in every way, recorded at Sigma Sound (in Philly and the satellite location in New York) with the same studio musicians heard across dozens of recordings from the era, including releases by MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra, not to mention PIR's the Futures, who provide background vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Cherry Red Uk
UPC: 5013929033429
catalogNumber: 2903342
Rank: 58332

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melba Moore   Primary Artist
Yvette Benton   Background Vocals
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Jerry Cohen   Keyboards
Charles Collins   Drums
David Cruez   Conga
Futures   Background Vocals
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Gene McFadden   Background Vocals
John Whitehead   Background Vocals
Keith Benson   Drums
James Williams   Bass
Carla Bensen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Melba Moore   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Jerry Cohen   Producer
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Jack Faith   Arranger
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Dennis Harris   Arranger
John Luongo   Additional Production
Jay Marks   Engineer
Gene McFadden   Producer
Kenny Present   Engineer
John Whitehead   Producer
Paul Bevoir   Booklet Design,Logo Design
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Christian John Wikane   Liner Notes

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