Monday, June 26, 2017

Jeffrey Osborne – Soweto (Remixed Version)

Classics: Jeffrey Osborne – Soweto (Remixed Version) (A&M)

Jeffrey Osborne first came to recognition as the lead singer of L.T.D. back in the 70’s. A group whom you might remember of for classics such as ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’, ‘(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again’. But also ‘Holding On (When Love Is Gone)’, not to mention ‘Love Ballad’ which George Benson covered soon after.

Parting ways with the band, he embarked on a solo career by the beginning of the following decade. Himself responsible for hits such as ‘Stay With Me Tonight’, ‘Love Power’ along with Dionne Warwick and ‘You Should Be Mine (The Woo-Woo Song)’. Meanwhile he would deliver the infectious ‘Soweto’, from his ‘Emotional’ album in 1986. One of the very rare tracks back in the day referring to the Apartheid, as remixed by Arthur Baker on its 12 inch version…

– Providence, Rhode Island native Jeffrey Osborne happened to be the youngest of a 12 children family. A drummer, a songwriter and a singer, he eventually joined LTD in the early 70’s, soon after imitated by his brother, Billy.
They left LTD back in 1980 to both start solo careers, although reachin’ different statuses.

Jeffrey Osborne scored a total of 5 Gold and Platinum albums with his most famous gems obviously gearing to a Pop Audience. From his 1982 eponymous debut-album, we’ll most likely remember the George Duke produced ‘New Love’. It didn’t chart though. Then I would add the burning hot ‘Soweto’ with remixing work by the likes of Arthur Baker in 1986. Meanwhile, he scored his biggest success duetting with Dionne Warwick the year after on ‘Love Power’. He would soon after progressively disappear from the radar…

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