Friday, August 18, 2017

The Jacksons – Style Of Life (PIR/Epic)

This Beat Is Mine! (*) The Jacksons – Style Of Life (Philadelphia International Records/Epic)

Like all the Philadelphia Sound fans, the passing of guitarist TJ Tindall has really saddened me. He definitely left his imprint on so many releases as a member of MFSB and later on The Salsoul Orchestra.
A post which I read somewhere on Internet mentioning his participation on The Jacksons‘s ‘Enjoy Life’ brought me all of a sudden back to my teenage period some 40 years ago. I gotta say though I way much preferred its B-side – ‘Style Of Life’ – which gave an inimitable Philly style to the guys. It stands to me as one of Michael Jackson‘s most vibrant performances ever.

I wish they would have done more in this vein, as surrounded by people like Dexter Wansel who arranged the whole, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff who produced it, McFadden & Whitehead in charge of the writing, and MFSB in the backing.

So long, TJ

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