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Superb 1980 soul album — classic two-step business — produced by Norman Connors, with The Jones Girls on backing vocals, and Jean Carn guesting.

His last Columbia, with the quartet plus eleven horns, guitar and percussion, led by Oliver Nelson through his own arrangements of several Monk masterpieces. A bit of a stretch, but T plays it cool, of course.

Recorded a couple of weeks before the release of Freewheelin’, when Dylan was lower on the bill than Jean Ritchie. Red-Scare-mongering gets the piss taken badly; there’s a terriffic Masters Of War. Audiophile 180g.

Audiophile, RTI, HQ-180g.

What a great record. Soaring early-eighties soul from Bill Withers’ spar — original, loose-limbed and funky, full of emotional intelligence and good vibes. Includes Love’s Too Hot To Hide, two-step heaven.

‘A transcendental new music which flushes categories away and, while using musical devices from all styles and cultures, is defined mainly by its deep emotion and unaffected originality’ (Lester Bangs). 180g LP.

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