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ARTIST
TITLE
Hey Love
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
CC 50006LP CC 50006LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/28/2008

Exact repro vinyl version of the sixth and final Rotary Connection album, originally released on Cadet in 1972; featuring Minnie Riperton. "As strong as Hey Love is -- it's one of Rotary Connection's best records. Too many people point to the group's self-titled debut as its only essential release, which means that albums like this remain overlooked. And that means that too many people go on without hearing 'If I Sing My Song,' 'I Am the Black Gold of the Sun,' and 'Hey Love.' On 'If I Sing My Song,' Richard Rudolph and Charles Stepney play Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the result belongs in the ranks of that songwriting team for its degree of hummability and the impeccably designed arrangements. 'I Am the Black Gold of the Sun' is the apex, the brightest moment in the group's discography; it's an ineffable package of grace, grit, and life-affirming spirit (if your knees don't quake). Virtually anything would seem like a comedown after it, but the title track of the album sounds at points like a precursor to fellow Chicagoan Terry Callier's 'Gotta Get Closer to You' and keeps the quality of the orchestra-spiked soul flowing." --All Music Guide