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The Real Thing

Ashford & Simpson

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Album Review

Backed by a small band in an modest setting (a Manhattan nightclub with 140 seats, one of which was occupied by Freddie Jackson, who joins in at one point), Ashford & Simpson roll through 14 of their best known songs, whether they were written for others or themselves. Since they throw in a couple crowd-pleasing curveballs, like opening with "It's Much Deeper" (a relatively low-charting single off 1983's High-Rise), it's not quite a greatest-hits set, but it's both rich and unpredictable enough to leave any follower satisfied. Though Nickolas' upper register isn't quite as durable as it once was (he was in his mid-sixties here, after all), he and Valerie put on an enjoyable show where it's apparent they're feeding off the appreciative energy of the crowd. The material spans 20 years, from "Let's Go Get Stoned" (written for Ray Charles), to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell), to "Stay Free," to "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan), to "Solid," and all of it is timeless.

Customer Reviews

Love it, Love it!

Just saw Ashford and Simpson in concert and couldn't wait to get this CD. It brings back all the wonderful moments of the concert. If you like Ashford and Simpson, you will love this CD!

A Great Legacy

What a wonderful album to remember Nick Ashford's unbelievable talent. R.I P. Nick, you have left the world a better place with your music!

Bobby Bee

Now really? How could I NOT purchase the Premier Duet Group LIVE! Are you serious?? Get into it! As you see in my review of 'Musical Affair', they get it in!!


Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nick Ashford (born May 4, 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born Aug 26, 1946, New York City, New York) have two careers, as songwriters and as performers, with the former seemingly more important than the latter until the mid-'80s. The two met in 1964 and scored their first songwriting hit in 1966 with Ray Charles' recording of their "Let's Go Get Stoned." After a period at Scepter Records, they moved to Motown, where they wrote hits for the duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell...
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