• J.R. Bailey: Just Me 'N You Vinyl LP.
  • J.R. Bailey: Just Me 'N You Vinyl LP

J.R. Bailey
Just Me 'N You Vinyl LP

Be With Records

↳ holy grail string-drenched soul from veteran funk & soul arranger

Vinyl LP $31.95
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"Be With Records present a reissue of JR Bailey's Just Me 'N' You, originally released in 1974. A dramatic, string-drenched epic, James Ralph Bailey's Just Me 'N' You has been a sought-after soul masterpiece for decades. A lush suite of beautiful songs, it was conceived as a concept album; a sophisticated paean to love. It's similar in style to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (1971) - particularly the performances, orchestrations, and chord progressions - but dealing with a different universal subject matter. If What's Going On was about romance instead of politics, it would sound like this. Fans of Marvin, Leon Ware, Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, and Willie Hutch will love this record. An underrated gem - it's got to be one of the best soul albums of all time. The original productions were made on a basic home tape machine and enhanced with strings, rhythmic overdubs, and a variety of other instrumentation. These are beautiful arrangements of strings and jazzy horns. Rhythm guitars and bouncy bass serve as the groove foundation, congas provide a Latin feel whilst the vibraphone and harmonica add color. And then of course there's JR's voice. His style recalls Hathaway, with a delivery akin to Marvin at the time. The tender, smooth tunes flow perfectly together into a fluid, single artistic statement. This is one where it's hard to pick out any standouts. Mastered by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman." - Be With Records

  • official reissue of 1974 soul music holy grail
  • black vinyl pressing
  • remastered sound
  • music label: Be With Records 2020

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