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Good Love: SoulMusic Expands Two From Nancy Wilson and Meli’sa Morgan

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Mel'isa Morgan - Good LoveFollowing its 2012 reissue of R&B songstress Meli’sa Morgan’s Capitol Records debut Do Me Baby, Cherry Red’s SoulMusic Records imprint has turned its attention to Morgan’s second long-player for the label. Good Love built on the success of Do Me Baby.  Besides boasting a No. 1 R&B title track, the album established the Queens-born Morgan as a top R&B talent in her own right.  She had previously sung on background vocals for the likes of Whitney Houston and Kashif, and fronted the groups Shades of Love and High Fashion, but her rendition of Prince’s song sealed the deal and proved that she was a viable headliner.

Like Do Me Baby, 1987’s Good Love counted Paul Laurence among its producers.  Morgan and her frequent co-writer Lesette Wilson handled production on five tracks themselves, and multi-hyphenate talent Kashif also brought his expertise to a handful of tracks.  His magic touch worked.  Kashif produced, played and duetted with Morgan on soul man Skip Scarborough’s “Love Changes,” originally a 1978 hit for Mother’s Finest.  Whereas the Mother’s Finest recording made it to a not-too-shabby No. 26 R&B, the Morgan/Kashif version reached No. 2 on the chart.  It wasn’t the only success from Good Love, though.  Paul Laurence’s uptempo dancer “If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!” escalated the R&B chart almost simultaneously with the duet, also hitting the No. 2 spot.  “Here Comes the Night,” produced by Kashif with its writers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, also went Top 20 R&B.

SoulMusic’s reissue returns Good Love to CD, and adds six bonus tracks, all various remixes.  These include club and dub mixes of “If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!,”  an extended remix and remix edit of the album’s title track, and an 8+-minute Special Club Opus mix of “Here Comes The Night,” along with its edited version.  Justin Kantor has written new liner notes drawing on interviews with Morgan and Kashif, and Alan Wilson has remastered.

The expanded edition of Good Love is available now and can be ordered after the jump, where you’ll also find a track listing with discography.  Plus: what’s the latest reissue from the legendary Nancy Wilson? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 21, 2013 at 14:42