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Shirley & Company - Shame, Shame, Shame (1975) [Reissue 1998]

15-10-2013, 13:07
Music | Soul | Funk | R&B | Disco | FLAC / APE

Shirley & Company - Shame, Shame, Shame (1975) [Reissue 1998]

Artist: Shirley & Company
Title Of Album: Shame, Shame, Shame
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Collectables / COL-CD-6306
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco
Total Time: 39:28 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 217 mb

Review by Justin Kantor
An eclectic mix of funk, disco, Caribbean, moody R&B, and pop influences, this hidden gem of an album followed the surprising comeback success that Shirley Goodman -- one-half of legendary 1950s duo Shirley & Lee -- enjoyed with the single of the same name. Penned and produced by Vibration founder Sylvia Robinson, "Shame, Shame, Shame" was one of the earliest examples of disco, following in the footsteps of efforts like George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" and the Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat," but with a notably soulful grip. The tune's nifty guitar strolls, spirited piano licks, and persistent percussion, combined with the utter enthusiasm of Goodman and male vocalist Jesus Alvarez, make for a hard-to-resist concoction. The album isn't limited to the fiery antics of that song; all of its selections share a common feel-good vibe. Perhaps the most celestial moment is the endearing, easily coaxing "I Gotta Get Next to You"; it's truly rare to find a ballad so simultaneously soulful and relaxed. Additionally, both "Love Is" and "I Guess Things Have to Change" are sprightly, mellow numbers with fluid horn arrangements and vocal lines that showcase Alvarez's impressive writing skills. Goodman co-wrote several tunes as well: the reggae-influenced "Jim Doc Kay" and the sassy "Keep on Rolling On." The two vocalists trade verses on a number of tunes, making for a unique, well-rounded sound. "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "Disco Shirley," two takeoffs on the initial hit, were released as follow-up singles that didn't fare so well. In 1976, Vibration also released a non-album single, "I Like to Dance," featuring Goodman paired with a new male vocalist (surprisingly, Collectables didn't include this on its CD reissue). Perhaps if one of the album's more divergent efforts had been chosen as a single instead, success wouldn't have been as fleeting.

Two decades after her string of hits as part of Shirley & Lee, Shirley Goodman came storming back onto the charts in '75 with the #1 R&B smash Shame, Shame, Shame . She followed with two more hits, Cry, Cry, Cry and I Like to Dance -they're all right here, plus 10 more tracks. And the 1975 cover art is priceless: a cartoon Shirley gettin' down with a very dour-looking Richard Nixon!


01. Shame, Shame, Shame (Vocal)
02. Shame, Shame, Shame (Instrumental)
03. Another Tear Will Fall
04. I Guess Things Have To Change
05. Disco Shirley
06. Jim Doc Kay
07. Love Is
08. Cry, Cry, Cry (Vocal)
09. Cry, Cry,Cry (Instrumental)
10. I Gotta Get Next To You
11. Keep On Rolling On

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