Clifford, Linda

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Clifford, Linda - Linda Linda
Soul New - LP CU 5016 Curtom
Sealed 1977 Original. COH. “This Album Is The Debut Outing For Linda Clifford, Curtom Records' Answer To Donna Summer. Although Clifford Would Soon Become A Well-Known Disco Diva Through Hits Like Her Over-The-Top Remake Of "If My Friends Could See Me Now," This Set Is A Surprisingly Low-Key Affair That Downplays Disco Grooves For A More Soul-Oriented Sound. The Standout Dance Tracks Are "You Can Do It," A Self-Determination Anthem Set To A Sultry, Mid-Tempo Groove, And "From Now On," A Bunny Sigler Composition That Pits A Clavinet-Driven Beat Against Glossy Orchestrations To Create An Ideal Disco Showcase For Clifford's Gospel-Tinged Vocals. The Other Material Is Mostly Covers Of Pop And Soul Hits, Including Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" And The Bee Gees' "Be Tender With My Love." The Best Of These Covers Is Clifford's Doo Wop Take On Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night," A Clever Remake That Provides A Good Vehicle For Her Brassy Vocal Persona. However, The Presence Of All These Covers Points Up The Big Problem With This Album: Its Reliance Upon Covers Keeps It From Establishing A Strong Persona For Its Star Attraction. Linda's Overall Power Is Also Diminished By The Fact That Clifford Often Attacks The Songs With A Little Too Much Enthusiasm: The Heartbroken Ballad "You Gotta Tell Her" Would Have Benefited More From A Subtle, Vulnerable Vocal Performance Instead Of The Full-Throated Gospel Wail That Clifford Gives It. Despite These Problems, Linda Boasts An Appealingly Slick Production By Ex-Motown Staffer Gil Askey And Clearly Highlights The Promise That Would Soon Be Realized On Her Future Hits.” - Donald Guarisco, All Music Guide... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - I'll Keep On Loving You I'll Keep On Loving You
Soul New - LP ST 12181 Capitol
Sealed 1982 Original.... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - Let Me Be Your Woman Let Me Be Your Woman
Soul New - LP RS-2-3902 RSO
Sealed 1979 2LP Gatefold Original With Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. Tiny Cut Corner. Includes Her 10 Minute Version Of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - I'll Keep On Loving You I'll Keep On Loving You
Soul New - LP ST 12181 Capitol
Sealed 1982 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole.... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - My Heart's On Fire My Heart's On Fire
Soul New - LP ST 73104 Red Label
Sealed 1985 Original. Saw Cut.... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - Let Me Be Your Woman Let Me Be Your Woman
Soul New - LP RS-2-3902 RSO
Sealed 1979 2LP Gatefold Original With Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. Includes Her 10 Minute Version Of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."... more details
 
Clifford, Linda - If My Friends Could See Me Now If My Friends Could See Me Now
Soul New - LP CUK 5021 Curtom
Sealed 1978 Original. “For Linda Clifford's Second Album, Producers Gil Askey And Curtis Mayfield Wisely Left Behind The Overabundance Of Cover Tunes That Weighted Down Her Debut Outing To Concentrate On Original Material. The Result Is If My Friends Could See Me Now, The Opus That Earned Clifford Her Disco Diva Status. The First Side Of The Album Represents Her Finest Recorded Work. It Starts With A Bang Via The Title Track, Which Transforms This Classic Show Tune From Sweet Charity Into A Driving Slice Of Orchestrated Disco. It Provides An Ideal Vehicle For Clifford's Brassy Vocal Persona And Is Further Sweetened By Expert Call And Response Support From The Jones Girls On Backup Vocals. From There, The Album Downshifts Into A Gentler Mood With "You Are, You Are," A Curtis Mayfield Song That Combines A Lovely Mid-Tempo Groove With Some Spacy Synthesizer Effects And Romantic-Devotion Lyrics That Are Given Emotional Heft By Clifford's Vocal Conviction. The Coup De Grâce Is Provided By "Runaway Love," A Funky, Latin-Accented Dressing Down Of An Unfaithful Lover That Intersperses Its Silky Rhythms With Spoken Word Bits In A Millie Jackson-Styled Feminist Vein. If My Friends Could See Me Now Is Listenable All The Way Through And Remains Clifford's Shining Hour On Record.” Donald A. Guarisco, AMG.... more details
 

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