Great lush soul album from Leon Ware featuring his usual top-notch vocals and songwriting. I wrote an extended history of Leon's work in the "Rockin' You Eternally" post, so have a read there, where I've just had fun updating about ten links! I could only find this album on one of those 'give-me-a-rare-album-in-return' blogs, so I thought i'd rip my own copy and add a discography.
Anyway, here's an edited excerpt from the big Leon Ware post relating to this album :
Best known for his classic album "Musical Massage" and his composition of Marvin Gaye's entire album "I Want You", Leon Ware released the self-produced "Inside Is Love", in 1979. It's a generally uptempo collection of soul numbers like "What's Your Name", and a faster version of "Inside Your Love" than the version he'd worked on with Minnie Ripperton on her album "Adventures In Paradise".
Notably, with "Love Is Such a Simple Thing", he began a collaboration with Brazilian legend Marcos Valle, who was exploring soul textures at the same time as Leon was reaching into brazilian harmonic changes. Valle began to feature Portugese versions of their collaborations on albums like 1981's "Vontade de Rever Voce" and 1983's "Marcos Valle".
Hope you enjoy this one.
01 'What's Your Name' (4:10)
02 'Inside Your Love' (4:35)
(Minnie Ripperton - Leon Ware - Dick Rudolph)
03 'Love Is A Simple Thing' (3:31)
(Marcos Valle - Robert Lamm)
04 'Small Café' (3:43)
(Leon Ware - Ron Roker)
05 'Club Sashay' (4:17)
(Leon Ware - Melissa Manchester)
06 'Try It Out' (3:56)
(Leon Ware - Allee Willis)
07 'Love Will Run Away' (4:36)
(Leon Ware - Elkie Brooks)
08 'On The Island' (5:24)
(Leon Ware - Adrienne Anderson)
09 'Hungry' (3:56)
(Leon Ware - Adrienne Anderson - Dave Blumberg)
Guitars - David T Walker, Wah Wah Watson, Kevin Moore, Bruce Fisher
Bass - Eddie Watkins, Scott Lipsker
Piano, Electric Piano - Sonny Burke
Rhodes and vocals - Leon Ware
Synthesiser - Pete Robinson
Drums - Ed Green, Jeff Holman
Singers - Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Owen Waters, Deborah Thomas, Melissa Manchester
Percussion - Paulinho Da Costa, Holden Raphael
Solos - Plas Johnson (tr. 3,5,7); Deborah Thomas (tr 1)
On "Small Cafe" :
Chris Rae - guitar
Graham Jarvis - Drums
Frank McDonah - bass
Criss Hall - piano
Leon Ware - rhodes
Producer - Leon Ware for LW Productions
Track 4 produced by Leon Ware and Ron RokerProducer - Leon WareArranged By - David Blumberg , Gene Page (tracks 2-3) , Sonny Burke (tracks 4-5)
Recording Engineer - George Sloan
Second engineers - Ross Pallone, Ron Garrett, Jane Clarke, Tony Autore
Mixing Engineer - Cal Harris
Tracking Studio - Hollywood Sound Recorders
Vocal studio - Black Orpheus Recording
Orchestration Studio - A&M Recording Studios
Mixing - Motown Recording Studios
Matrix# FAB 8500-A / FAB 8500-B
(P) 1979, T.K. Productions, Inc.
Art Direction / cover concept - Mike Doud
Photography - Jeffrey Scales
Special thanks to : Ross Regan, Ron Strasner, Cholly Bassoline, Ed Mills (for creative assistance), Carol Cassano, Eduardo Sayad, and all the other people along the way ..
LEON WARE DISCOGRAPHY
1972 'Leon Ware' at ce la plume / FLAC at Avax
1974 features on "The Education Of Sonny Carson" at Blaxploitation Pride
1976 'Musical Massage' at Here only Good Music For All
1979 'Inside Is Love' at Never Enough Rhodes
1981 'Rockin' You Eternally' at Never Enough Rhodes1982 "Leon Ware" at Soulfunkjazz
1995 'Taste the Love'
2003 'Love's Drippin' at zonamusical / alternate
2005 'A Kiss In the Sand'
2008 'Moon Ride'
2009 'Leon Ware & Friends' (collaborations comp.) at Blak's Lair
Rip by Simon666
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