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The Soul Express Album of the Month

June 2000

NORMAN CONNORS Eternity (US Starship / The Rigt Stuff)
1) So Hard to Say Goodbye 2) Didn´t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 3) Cobra 4) You Are My Starship 5) Eternity 6) Conditions of the Heart 7) River of Love 8) You Can't Hurt Me Anymore 9) Feel the Heat 10) We're Still Friends 11) You´re Making Me High 12) K.C. 13) Not Just Another Love Song 14) Can't Say No
Produced by Norman Connors
Mr. C has set up stable of hiw own via the Rights Stuff imprint. This is a very good album, and has an impressive roll call of guests. Again, this is a well-balanced CD where vocals and instrumentals are concerned. Eternity contains many more quality vocals than his last effort for MoJazz, and those who love vocals will be pleased. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time), You Are My Starhsip, You Can't Hurt Me Anymore, We're Still Friends, Not Just Another Love Song and Can't Say No are all very strong vocal cuts in their own right. Especially with Peabo Bryson exercising much poetic license over tha classic Starship song. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore, Preston Glass song is performed with much style and grace by the highly talented Angela Bofill, and rates as my personal favourite. Donald Tavie is another strong vocalist whose contributions are top-notch.
I was immediately impressed with the opening semi-vocal composition, So Hard to Say Goodbye where Norman lets Gerald Albright take control with writing and sax duties. Similarly, Bobby Lyles delivers a strong piano piece on River of Love. Norman's quest to showcase talent still goes on strong to this effect with past Starship Orchestra members, Marion Meadows and Jacques Burvick forging ahead on the upbeat Feel the Heat. A fresh addition is the youthful Kwasi Connors who shows us how he can rip it up just like his dad. For one I am impressed with the healthy input from an alumni of talent such as Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr. and others, and for another, the balance of the songs. This CD is a winner without doubt - another hit for Mr. Connors.

The review by Barry Towler exclusively for RECORD CORNER, which is one of the leading soul shops in the world. The review is not featured in our printed issue.

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