Willie Hutch

“Soul Portrait (2022 Re-press, 180g Vinyl”

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Format Notes: 2022 re-press, 180g vinyl Track List: A1 : Ain’t Gonna Stop (3:06) A2 : You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had (2:32) A3 : A Love That’s Worth Having (2:47) A4 : Good To The Last Drop (3:00) A5 : That’s What I Call Lovin’ You (1:54) A6 : You Gotta Try (2:26) B1 : Let Me Give You The Love You Need (2:34) B2 : Lucky To Be Loved By You (2:50) B3 : Keep On Doin’ What You Do (2:18) B4 : Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher (2:32) B5 : Do What You Wanna Do (3:12) Release Notes: A monumental force firmly rooted in the soul canon, Willie Hutch is most notable for recording two of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks, The Mack and Foxy Brown. Yet his legacy is much greater. Outside of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Hutch was arguably Motown’s top male solo artist of the 70s. Prior to his association with Gordy et al, Hutch crafted his opening statements for RCA, two vital LPs that Be With Records is honoured to present today. His debut, Soul Portrait (1969), is an incredible slice of gritty, Southern-fried soul. Think Stax with a touch of Detroit sparkle. As a whole, the album demonstrates the self-contained act Hutch was; he wrote every tune on the album while also arranging and conducting for it. It features eleven timeless grooves, with a blend of beat ballads and undeniable dancers. The album’s centrepiece is undoubtedly the iconic, brooding minor-key masterpiece “A Love That’s Worth Having”. The album’s most recognisable track, it’s a towering ballad drenched in stylish, sliding horns and elevated by its stunning backing vocalists. It was famously sampled by Madlib to augment his soundtrack for Stones Throw’s Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton as well as 9th Wonder for the Murs classic “Dreamchaser”. Whilst one can understand these iconic beatmakers for leaning on the work of a master, you really need to own the track in its full, unedited glory. Horn-heavy opener “Ain’t Gonna Stop” is a funk-fuelled monster, Hutch’s

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