300:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Ultra rare soul/funk album with the killer funky crossover tune "I've taken over". Also has the softer "We love each other" and the raw funk track "Raising hell". High quality Japanese reissue by Superfly with insert and obi, limited to 1000 copies. Recensionen blev på engelska den här gången. Denna Mini LP var som sagt svår att få tag i, endast detta exemplar i lager.)
New Orleans Soul masterpiece reissued for the first time on CD and as Japanese Mini LP. Splendid Album from start to finish with the hit being the massive 'I've taken over'. Reminiscent of the Lovelites, Honey & the Bees or Tommie Young, this comes highly-recommended if you are into deep female Soul! Beautiful Superfly Japanese reissue with insert and obi strictly limited to 1000 copies!
Norma Jean & Ray J’s “Raising Hell” is one helluva rare nugget. Released on the Hep-Me label in 1974, this has a remarkably polished sound and sophistication in the music to have warranted bigger names on the front of the album cover. And while Norma Jean and Ray J would never topple the likes of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, they have a crude chemistry that has a magic all of its very own. A wonderful wonderful left-fielder that I urge you to give a few plays for it to reel you in and in love.
When Nikos first presented me with the name of the album, my immediate reaction was “Oh wow, Norma Jean Wright and Raymond Jones before they signed up as lead singer and keyboardist, respectively, for the Chic ensemble”. The same duo who later hooked up to form State Of Art, releasing a one-off magical LP entitled “Community” in 1991. WRONG. And in my desperation to find some info on the couple, I thought there may be a link with the popcorn oldie “Call me a fool”. But dating from 1963, with possible associations with the country singer Norma Jean, this may too be a red herring. So with no available information to hand, let us pile into the vinyl without further delay.
|US Single 1973|
There is a wonderfully raw, almost naive sound to the vocals, with some tracks sounding like they were captured in one take. However, on listening and exploring their music, it really is fesses up an enchantment that will have you spellbound.
01. Raising hell 03.12
02. This is our love song of life 04.01
03. Love celebration 03.13
04. Lay it on my sweet thing 03.19
05. Everlasting love 03.28
06. Tell me you love me 02.55
07. Dream boy dream girl 04.10
08. We love each other 03.56
09. Right time wrong place 03.06
10. Love is what i see 03.35
11. I’ve taken over 03.41