Sweet repress of Leroy Hutson's self-titled LP from '75; a masterpiece of unadulterated Chicago soul. Being both an extraordinary singer and producer (he replaced Curtis Mayfield as lead singer of the Impresions in '71 and co-wrote Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto"), Hutson was able to bring it all together on this album - from the sexy vocals, the smooth production, and the heartfelt songwriting - it all works incredibly well and can be comparable to other soul masters like Marvin, Curtis, Barry, or Isaac. Check out the irresistible grooves of "Lucky Fellow" and "All Because of You" (with that killer intro drum break), slow jams like "So Much Love," or the mellow vibes of "Cool Out" and "Can't Stay Away." Take a cue from the cover and get your fur coat out and the wine glasses ready. While you're at it checkout the equally impressive Leroy Hutson II. Recommended.
reviewed by snackmaster 03/2009