Sounds... and Stuff Like That, to me is Quincy Jones' most varied album. Yet at the same time it hits you like a square brick. It's extremely well constructed, yet flows freely like the waves. The year is 78 and Quincy has not yet started working with Michael Jackson, and Rod Temperton is still doing keys with Heatwave (you should get that one too!!). Maybe therefore his music here is less predictable as it would sometimes become in later years. Just a few names of the great artists working together here: Ashford and Simpson, Patty Austin, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Ralph McDonald, Herbie Hancock, Eric Gale, Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Anthony Jackson, David T. Walker, Wah Wah Watson. As I said before, this is all about variation. Stuff Like That, the funky opener, is an instant hit. The fun they had doing this jumps off the disc. Great rythm and vocals (Chaka, Valerie and Nick). Patti Austin and Luther Vandross do a fabulous duet in I'm Gonna Miss You In The Morning. Love, I Never Had It So Good flows like the waves coming onto the shore with Tell Me A Bedtime Story softly preparing you for what I think is the best song of the album: Love Me By Name. An incredible ballad sung into the heavens by Patti Austin. Once you've listened to this, I swear, you'll never forget it. Superwoman is a beautiful version of Stevie Wonder's Song; the stomping Takin' It To The Streets a well done cover of The Doobie Brothers' 'Nuff said: just get it!
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