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Yvonne Fair - The Bitch Is Black (1975)

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Yvonne Fair - The Bitch Is Black (1975)

Artist: Yvonne Fair
Title Of Album: The Bitch Is Black
Year Of Release: 1975
Label: Reel Music
Genre: R&B|Jazz|Funk
Quality: 320kbs
Total Time: 00:32:58
Total Size: 88mb

Review by Joe Viglione

As Alice Clark's eponymous 1972 epic on Bob Shad's Mainstream Records label is a thing of beauty deserving a wider audience, so is Norman Whitfield's 1975 supervision of Yvonne Fair entitled The Bitch Is Black. A title that shocked and grabbed attention upon its release, it may also have played a part in not revealing the majestic voice and soul-stirring ballads within. If you can't tell a book by its cover, be careful if the title throws you off base as well. Sure, Harvey Fuqua's "Stay a Little Longer" has some gutsy vocals reflecting that title -- and stunning production by Fuqua as Whitfield had collaborators in that department on this disc -- Pam Sawyer, Gloria Jones, and Clay McMurray also chipping in, but this is Yvonne Fair's moment in the sun and her big U.K. hit, "It Should Have Been Me," should have been a monster in the U.S. as well. There's a hilarious parody of it on YouTube under the name Vicar of Dibley, a British TV sitcom with a comedienne, Dawn French, doing the lip sync to Fair's popular rendition. Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good," a Top Three hit for Chaka Khan in the summer of 1974, is absolutely grand here, with bubbling guitar and sweet horns that give it an entirely different perspective. A cover of Barbara George's 1962 hit "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)" moves with authority, and is a great selection on one of those albums that not only doesn't have a bad track, it's one that you wish would just keep on going. The re-release on reissue supervisor Paul Williams' Reel Music label has a generous 7,500-word essay by liner note writer A. Scott Galloway, over 20 pages with photos and information that has never been revealed about the singer before. Galloway interviewed Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson, Venisha Brown (daughter of Fair and James Brown), and many others specifically for this release. There's also a stunning and quite rare wedding photo of Fair in the tray when you lift the CD out of the jewel case, those in charge making it a labor of love that shows great respect for the artist. Packaged with the tender loving care this music deserves, and impressively remastered by Bill Lacey, it's a project that sets a new standard and is an absolute delight in every aspect.


01. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (B. Strong, N. Whitfield) - 3:02
02. It Should Have Been Me (N. Whitfield, W. Stevenson) - 3:33
03. Stay A Little Longer (A. C. Scott, H. Fuqua, V. Williams) - 3:26
04. It's Bad For Me To See You (G. Jones, P. Sawyer) - 3:31
05. Tell Me Something Good (S. Wonder) - 3:26
06. Let Your Hair Down (N. Whitfield) - 4:06
07. Love Ain't No Toy (N. Whitfield) - 3:22
08. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) (B. George) - 3:15
09. Walk Out The Door If You Wanna (N. Whitfield) - 2:14
10. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover (H. Cosby, S. Wonder, S. Moy) - 2:42


Yvonne Fair - vocals
Carolyn Willis, Julia Tillman Waters, Luther Waters, Maxine Willard & Oren Waters - backing vocals
Earl Van Dyke & Mark Davis - keyboards
Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, Johnny McGhee & Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin - guitars
Henry Davis & James Jamerson - bass
Eddie Greene & James Gadson - drums
Eddie "Bongo" Brown - percussion
Norman Whitfield & Paul Riser - arrangement





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