29 de agosto de 2007

Major Harris - My Way (Atlantic Records LP, 1974)


Major Harris
My Way
(Atlantic Records, 1974)


A1 Each Morning I Wake Up (3:52)
A2 Love Won't Let Me Wait (5:32)
A3 Sweet Tomorrow (3:47)
A4 Sideshow (5:09)
A5 Two Wrongs (3:35)

B1 Loving You is Mellow (4:28)

B2 Just a Thing That I Do (6:37)
B3 After Loving You (3:19)

B4 My Way (6:16)



All Lead Vocals by Major Harris

Musicians

Guitars: Bobby Eli & Norman Harris
Keyboards: Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey

Basses: Ronnie Baker, Rusty Jackmon & Bob Babbitt

Drums: Earl Young & Charles Collins
Congas: Larry Washington

Vibes: Vince Montana


Accompanied by Don Renaldo & His Strings & Horns

Background Vocals: Major Harris, Barbara Ingram, Carla Benton & Evette Benson.


Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Recording
Engineers: Carl Parualo, Kenny Present, Don Murray & Jay Mark

Mastered at Frankford Wayne Recording Labs, Philadelohia, PA.


PRODUCED BY BOBBY ELI FOR W.M.O.T. PRODUCTIONS.




English
Far and above the best album by sweet soul vocalist Major Harris! Harris had knocked around for years in vocal groups during the 60s, and had even sung for a bit with The Delfonics in the early 70s -- but this album is his crowning achievement, a landmark of sweet Philly soul with some wonderful ballad work that he'd never be able to match again! Bobby Eli wrote, produced, and arranged most of the material -- and although he had a bit of help from Norman Harris and Ron Kersey on some of the record, the core of the album is that perfect ballad style that Eli could do when he wasn't working on groovers. The centerpiece of the album is the stellar "Love Won't Let Me Wait" -- a killer quiet storm soul number -- and the record also features a great remake of "Sideshow", which Eli also cut with Blue Magic. Other tracks include "Loving You Is Mellow", "After Loving You", and "Each Morning I Wake Up"


Spanish
Sin duda, uno de los mejores LP salidos de Sigma Sound Studios y por ende, del sonido de filadelfia. Lo encontré en perfecto estado hace unas semanas en una tienda de barcelona y, a pesar de su elevado precio, decidí hacerme con una copia debido a su extrema calidad, rozando la perfección.

Major Harris, que empezó su carrera musical participando en varios grupos vocales en los años sesenta, fue uno de los integrantes de los Delfonics del 70 al 75. Pero su verdadero exito le llegaria con este su primer (y mejor) album, llamado "My Way", grabado en Sigma y escrito y producido por el guitarrista "de la casa" Bobby Eli.

Todos y cada uno de los cortes son una autentica maravilla, sobresaliendo sobremanera el "Love Won't Let Me Wait", balada soul ultra-sensual (y sexual) que lanzó a la fama a Harris. Pero ademas tiene cortes tan excelentes como "Each Morning I Wake Up", "Sweet Tomorrow", "Loving You Is Mellow" o una gran evrsion del clasico de Sinatra "My Way" con un final de quitar el hipo al puro estilo philly.

Uno de mis albums favortios del sonido filadelfia, sin duda y todo fan deberia de poseer, o, al menos, ser escuchado.

9 comentarios:

soulero 61 dijo...

Si todo el álbum es como los tres cortes que conozco... Sofistisoul de cinco estrellas!!

Cuando era un adolescente, ya pillé el volumen 10 de popular colección "Hits & Soul" de Atlantic, que incluía el "Love Won't Le Me Wait" (con esos gemidos orgásmicos de Barbara Ingram!). Luego pillé el doble en directo con Margie Joseph y los Blue Magic del sello WMOT, donde interpreta ese mismo tema (los gemidos de la corista Valerie Brown, ni comparación con los de la fallecida Barbara). También "Loving You Was Mellow". Por último, hace sólo unos meses, descubrí el diamante en bruto de "Everyday I Wake Up" en el CD "Créme de La Créme, vol. 2".

Cuando me pille la vincent-TRAMONTANA-junior y me ponga la ADSL, voy a petar el disco duro, :-)

Salu2!!

Solsoul dijo...

Hola!

Pues vas a disfrutar de lo lindo de este album. Asegurado!
Porque aparte de esos 3 temazos que conoces, encontraras otros diamantes menos conocidos pero no por ello menos buenos como:
"Sweet Tomorrow": un medio-tiempo simplemente brillante. Me encanta.
"Sideshow": remake del mismo tema que tambien grabaría Blue Magic. Emotivo.
"After Loving You": en la linea de Each Morning I Wake Up, un gran uptempo!

"My Way": espectacular punto y final del album, empieza balada, sigue medio y termina casi disco en clave philly. MUY BUENOS ARREGLOS. Tremendo.

Hasta luego!

fozzibaer dijo...

hi there :-)

never ever heard of this artist, but I'm already curious for some new things.

Therefore, many thx for this.

soulbrotha dijo...

Thanks man! Great stuff!

wkc dijo...

I have been searching for a copy of this lp for years - my orginal got lost or ripped off some time ago so I really appreciate you sharing this fantastic gem.

a mind with no ceiling dijo...

Ah tio, lo comento un poco tarde pero queria agradecerte un monton! Acabo de llegar a tu blog y esta joya de Major Harris la estaba buscando... Incluso en CD se compra por un paston, asi que gracias para democratizar un LP tan rico!
Greg

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