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Leroy Hutson's Unforgettable

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After recording a string of soul albums that earned him little commercial success, Leroy Hutson decided to take the most commercial route possible on 1979's Unforgettable by making a disco album. Given that Hutson was a gifted arranger/producer and tended towards the sweet side of soul anyways, it could have been a harmonious marriage. Sadly, it doesn't work because Hutson suppresses all his personality as a performer and producer to produce some disco tracks that represent the genre at its most bland and faceless. The worst offender is the title track, a disco-era update of the Nat King Cole classic: instead of reworking the song in an ambitious fashion, it merely grafts a repetitive disco beat onto the melody and pads it out to dancefloor length with some aimless jamming from the band and an array of embarrassing sci-fi synthesizer noises. "(You Put The) Funk in My Life" is similarly uninspired, combining a funky but faceless band vamp with a set of clichéd "let's boogie" lyrics to create a typical example of disco album filler. However, a few of other tracks keep Unforgettable from being a complete loss: "Right or Wrong" is sultry ballad that benefits from an arrangement that blends strong vocal harmonies with some dramatic orchestrations, and "More Where That Came From" is a jazzy funk workout that easily outdoes the album's more overt attempts at disco. However, these highlights can't keep Unforgettable from feeling like an unsuccessful (and uncomfortable) artistic compromise. As a result, it can only be recommended the most devoted Leroy Hutson fans. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi


Geboren: 04. Juni 1945 in Newark, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Jahre aktiv: '70s, '80s, '90s

One of the most underrated soul producers of the '70s, multi-talented producer/singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Leroy Hutson began his career in various vocal groups around his hometown of Newark, NJ, in the '60s, but saw his early success as a co-writer for Howard University roommate Donny Hathaway's 1970 hit single "The Ghetto." Hutson would later replace Curtis Mayfield in 1971 as the lead singer in the Impressions and stayed with them until 1973, when he followed in Mayfield's footsteps and...
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