Where Your Music Takes Me (JJ In the Seventies)
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1998's chunky Where Your Music Takes Me provided a nifty stopgap collection of Jimmy James, with various incarnations of Vagabonds classics spanning the Biddu-produced, 1970s Pye-era recordings. From his classic funk-fueled "You Don't Stand a Chance (If You Can't Dance)," to "I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me," and on to the later hits, "Now Is the Time" and the ubiquitous "Disco Fever," James covers all of his up-tempo bases. But the album also collects some of his softer R&B sides, too. These are highlighted across the wonderful "I Am Somebody," "Suspicious Love," and "I Know You Don't Love Me, but You Got Me Anyway," all pulled from James' 1975 You Don't Stand a Chance if You Can't Dance LP. Although it's James' '60s material that is most frequently lauded, this compilation reminds listeners that his mid-'70s collaboration with Biddu represents a body of exquisitely rendered work. The melding of James' sophisticated vocals and Biddu's never-less-than-ambitiously orchestrated production may never have attained the critical/commercial highs of the American-made sounds of the era, but that is the downfall of marketing as opposed to music. Where Your Music Takes Me is British '70s soul at its finest.