Most Wanted! Rose Royce – Still In Love (Epic)
1982 marked quite a change for Rose Royce. The release of their ‘Stronger Than Love’ album being the very first of their post-Whitfield Records period. And, in the meantime, the start of a brief liaison with Epic…
Exit lead singer Gwen Dickey, replaced by Ricci Benson. But also long time producer Norman Whitfield, himself partly replaced by keyboardist, composer songwriter Michael Nash in the driver’s seat. With, as a direct consequence, a noticable change of artistic direction. The group so to say dropping their instinctual dance appeal in favor of more musicianship.
One could definitely feel this change when havin’ a listen to the brilliantly orchestrated ‘Still In Love’. A soulful jam, highlighted by an incredible piano part with lush strings arrangements, standing as one of those absolute Jazz/Funk masterpices.
A cut which happened be given a cover version 28 years later by AOC Symphony with production work by the likes of Joey Negro…
Formed in Los Angeles, CA in the early 70’s, Rose Royce (Magic Wand at the time) started as backing musicians with Edwin Starr who introduced them to producer Norman Whitfield. They would soon after act as a studio band for Undisputed Truth whose bandleader introduced singer Gwen Dickey to Whitfield. And Rose Royce was born, makin’ their debut with the memorable ‘Theme From Car Wash’.
The central theme to Joel Schumacher written film of the likes would be the very first of an impressive series of hot jams for the band. Among their classics, ‘Wishing On A Star’, ‘Do Your Dance’ and ‘Love Don’t Live here Anymore’. Not to mention ‘Still In Love’ or ‘Is It Love You’re After’ among others which Mark Moore eventually sampled on the ‘Theme From S-Express’.
The arrival of the 80’s would also mark the progressive beginning of the end for the band, although they keep on touring regularly in the UK.