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On their second Warner Brothers album, Ashford and Simpson upped the mood from 1973's somewhat mellow GIMME SOMETHING REAL. While that album was excellent, I WANNA BE SELFISH trumps it by offering shorter, more precise songs, more spirited performances by Nick and Valerie, and great uptempo tunes including the catchy, r&b top-40 single "Main Line", considered one of the prototypes of a disco recording according to historians. Other recording artists back in the day must have been listening to this album because four songs here have been covered by others: "Everybody's Got To Give It Up" (covered by the Fifth Dimension), the beautiful "I Had A Love" (covered by Ben E. King), "Ain't Nothing But A Maybe" (covered by Rufus featurng Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross), and "Take All The Time You Need" (covered by Roy Ayers on his breakthrough 1975 album MYSTIC VOYAGE). Criminally overlooked at the time of release and out-of-print for over thirty years, I WANNA BE SELFISH is a treasure waiting to be discovered again. This album demonstrates r&b songwriting at its best.

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This album has been and will always be my all time favorite from Nick & Val. When this hit in "74 they jammed it as only they could and Main Line is my favorite song from this priceless and timeless album.


I can't tell you how happy I am to find this available at iTunes! I remember getting this album (yes, children, we did vinyl back then) after seeing A&S on Soul Train. I couldn't have been more than 8 or 9 years old. That poor thing was worn down to the grooves. So, I guess I'll be getting it one more time on iTunes. FINALLY some decent music--good songwriters, good musicianship and everyone has their clothes on!


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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