This Beat Is Mine! The Jones Girls – Keep It Comin’ (Philadelphia International Records)
Of course, the first songs comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of The Jones Girls would be ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’ or ‘Nights Over Egypt’. But the sisters did way more than that. As a matter of fact, I hardly understand how their label did so few around the release of their 1984 ‘Keep It Comin’ album. Unless for business reasons seemingly. As it would be their last ever on Philadelphia International Records. Anyway, the fact is the aforementioned didn’t get the exposure it deserved. The label only releasing the title track as a 7 inch single. Eventually dubbing it with the uninspired ‘Better Things To Do’ produced by label heads Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff as a flipside.
The result, as one might guess, being that it generated a poor following despite a brilliant production work courtesy of Keni Burke at the peak of his art. With the same applying to the outstanding ‘You Can’t Have My Love’ although it didn’t even get a single release. Two masterpieces which nevertheless fully justify the investment on this album. If not the one on the unofficial release of ‘Keep It Comin’. A track which endly saw the light years after as a 12″ on Dance Classics.
I sadly heard about the passing of Brenda Jones in a car accident a few hours ago. And therefore couldn’t thak you enough for publishing this little tribute on my behalf. With deepest condolences to Brenda’s family and friends.
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