Sunday, May 4, 2014

40 Year Itch: Soul Saga

Though it would eventually hit #1 in the R and B charts, Quincy Jones's Body Heat, released in May of 1974, doesn't move me. It sounds like a resume showcasing all of the sounds Jones could produce in the studio. There's jazz, funk and ballads featuring showy vocalists like Minnie Riperton and Al Jarreau and musicians like Billy Preston, Herbie Hancock and Wah Wah Watson. To Q's credit the production still sounds expensive and rarely dated even 40 years later. But where's the heat?

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