Monday, July 24, 2017

Victor Willis – Follow Through (Harlem West Music Group)

For those of you who might wonder, Victor Willis is definitely not a new comer. Contrary then, judging by his past which got him to sing the lead (and appear as the policeman) along with Disco hit makers Village People, eventually writing cuts such as ‘Y.M.C.A.’, ‘Macho Man’ and ‘In The Navy’. Not to mention ‘I Love America’ and ‘Lady Night’ for Patrick Juvet
As a solo artist, it’s a way different story though, that saw him getting his meter back to zero with the release of his debut album last August, some 36 years after its original recording. But why such a wait? Something which the man summarizes as a conjunction of various elements such as usual record industry fighting, endless time needed to litigate (and eventually) win copyright matters, career disenchantment which eventually led to drug abuse, lost master tapes and whatsoever, following Village People producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo‘s refusal to let Willis‘s solo album to be released back then…
No need to say how the release of this album must have appeared as a rebirth if not a release for the man himself now in the position to capitalize on his undeniable talent, such as illustrated by this richly orchestrated ballad bringing us back to the days of Teddy Pendergrass and the Philadelphia Sound.
This man talks (serious) music. A 5 star recording!

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