Once Upon a Time
(US Sama CD, 1997)
1) It Seems Like 2) Once Upon a Time 3) Lover Man 4) It's too Late 5) I Can't Stop Lovin' You 6) I Choose You 7) Ooh Babe 8) How Could This Be 9) I Want to Give You 10) Use Me 11) Once Upon a Time Reprise
WOW!!! What a real treat it is to review a real QUALITY SOUL CD!!!
This CD from Shirley Marshall is one that will definitely be in the running for
my favourite of the year. The production, considering it is an independent release,
is very good indeed, and the vocals, backing vocals and instrumental touches just
show that yes, if they want to, real good soul music can be made in these awful
times of endless cloned monotone groups.
Every track on this CD from It Seems Like through to the Once Upon a Time
(Reprise) is worthy of your attention, and makes a mockery of many new female
"soul" singers around today. The tempo is nicely varied, and there are even a
few Latin tinges on here, too, however subtle, in the shape of Ooh Babe
and Use Me. Her cover version of Carole King's It's too Late
is surely the best one since David Lasley's back in 1990. It Seems Like
on reflection seems as if it could have been written for an artist such as
Stephanie Mills back in the late 80's, and is a cut that sparkles.
Indeed, I could easily go on and on praising this remarkable set, but the
space allowed here will not allow it.
I understand the sales of this CD are very healthy, but one should be very wary,
as these independent albums tend not to last too long. DO NOT DELAY!!!