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Album Review

In the late 1980s, thin-voiced females who couldn't sing were quite prevalent in the urban contemporary arena. But thankfully, singers like Meli'sa Morgan, Vesta Williams and Angela Winbush were around to remind us that big-voiced belters still had a place in R&B. Originally part of the duo Rene & Angela, Winbush went solo in 1987 and formed a lucrative partnership with husband-to-be Ronald Isley. Winbush's input proved beneficial on the Isley Brothers' albums, and vice versa. Although Winbush (whose emotive singing is along the lines of Chaka Khan and Alicia Myers) does all of the composing, producing and arranging on her second solo album, The Real Thing, Isley serves as executive producer. And his influence is very noticeable on the electro-funk of "No More Tears" and "It's the Real Thing," as well as softer, more relaxed cuts like "Please Bring Your Love Back," "Precious" and "Menage A Trois" (which isn't an ode to kinky sex, but a call for monogamy and fidelity). For all its slickness and high-tech production gloss, this is an album with plenty of soul and grit.

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Angela is an Angel

Words can't begin to describe how important this record was at setting Angela Winbush apart from other female R&B singers of the 80's. Sure they can all sing -- Regina, Anita, Whitney, Patti, Stephanie, Miki -- but Angela is not only a singer of the first-rate -- the diva does it all: she writes, produces, plays instruments, arranges the music and the vocals and she does it all with pizzazz and gusto!! Her "voice" is the one that spearheaded some of Stephanie Mills' biggest 80's hits. I would love to hear the vocal demos for those songs -- mmm, mmm, mmm!! Additionally, Angela produced some memorable songs for the Isley Brothers, Lalah Hathaway, and for Sheena Easton around the same time. And anyone who has heard of the group Body knows, the mighty Angela is a force to be reckoned with. This album was her second solo one, and while she was virtually ignored by the critics and the record-buying public, it is a true gem from start to finish. I have often wondered what projects produced by her for Aretha Franklin or Donna Summer would have sounded like. I guess I will never know. Much respect to this woman!! And to her "sister" in crime, Ms. Teena Marie, who rivals Angela at producing herself and sounding great at it!!


I love this woman, I grew up on Quiet Storm/Contemporary R&B and this woman is amazing!!!

The Real Thing

Angela Winbush is simply "all woman" and her style is uniquely original. I have always liked Angela because the sound of her voice is commanding yet very feminine and mature. Angela is very much so, The Real Thing.


Born: January 18, 1955 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer Angela Winbush's credentials include solo hits such as her R&B number one "Angel"; hits as half of the singing duo René & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and hits she wrote for Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators included Rufus' bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and George Duke. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Winbush grew up singing gospel music...
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The Real Thing, Angela Winbush
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Pop
  • Released: May 1989

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