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This Is It (Expanded Edition)
Nº of Discs:
|1. This Is It|
|3. One Less Morning|
|4. Make Me Believe In You|
|5. Lean On Me|
|6. Stay Awhile|
|7. Play Boy Scout|
|8. Blood Red Roses|
|9. Brand New|
|10. This Is It - 12" Version|
|11. Free - Extended Version|
Delighted to annouce the First Ever Expanded CD release of Melba Moore's 1976 clasic album "This Is It"
Expanded with 2 Bonus Tracks
From the Original Master Tapes
This Is It is the fifth album by singer Melba Moore, released in 1976. Produced by Van McCoy, this album featured the hit title track, plus a rendition of Aretha Franklin's 1971 B-side song "Lean on Me".
Born Melba Hill to Alabamian musicians, Moore attended Newark Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother, Bonnie Davis had a #1 R&B hit with "Don't Stop Now", prior to Melba's birth. Although her biological father was legendary Big Band leader and saxophonist Teddy Hill, it was her stepfather, pianist Clement Moorman (who played on "Don't Stop Now") who became a prime influence and encouragement in Moore's musical pursuits and talent, insisting she learn to play the piano. Initially, Moore graduated from college and worked as a music teacher, but soon opted to switch careers.
Moore began her performing career in 1967 as a member of the original cast of the musical Hair along with Ronnie Dyson and Diane Keaton. Moore replaced Keaton, the first ever instance of a black actor replacing a white actor in a leading role on Broadway. In 1970, Moore won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Purlie (she portrayed Lutiebelle). In 1978 she appeared (as Marsinah) with Eartha Kitt in Timbuktu!.
In the 1970s, Moore started focusing on a recording career. Her debut album, released in 1970 on Mercury Records, was I Am Love, followed by Look What You're Doing To The Man. Following this, she enjoyed brief success with her own TV variety show, co-starring then-boyfriend Clifton Davis. Moore later revealed the show was cancelled after its brief run when her relationship with Davis came to an end.
In 1975, Melba Moore married Charles Huggins, and together they formed Hush Productions. In addition to Moore, such notable R&B artists as Freddie Jackson and Meli'sa Morgan would sign with the company. Moore's own recording success came slowly; after several minor charting singles, she scored her first significant hit with the Van McCoy-penned "This Is It" (1976), a huge Disco hit that reached the R&B Top 20, and became her first single to crack the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached the Top 10 in the UK, becoming her biggest success in that country. The rest of the decade she continued to release albums with marginal success, and singles that became moderate R&B or Disco hits. Her biggest success from this period was 1979's "You Stepped into My Life", another Top 20 R&B hit which also became her biggest Pop hit.
However, it wasn't until 1982 that Moore would begin her most fruitful period in music. Off the album The Other Side of the Rainbow, she released "Love's Comin' At Ya", which became her biggest R&B hit to date, reaching the Top 5 (and giving her another Top 20 hit in the UK). She followed this with a string of R&B hits: "Keepin' My Lover Satisfied" (#14, 1983), "Livin' For Your Love (#6, 1984), "Read My Lips" (#12, 1985) and "When You Love Me Like This" (#14, 1985). In late 1986 she had her first #1 hit, "A Little Bit More", featuring Freddie Jackson. Moore quickly scored a second #1 early the following year with "Falling". Additional Top 10 singles during this time include "Love the One I'm With (A Lot of Love)" and "It's Been So Long".