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A Lot Of Love (Expanded Edition)
Nº of Discs:
|1. There I Go Falling In Love Again|
|2. It's Been So Long|
|3. I'm Not Gonna Let You Go|
|4. Love The One I'm With (with Kashif)|
|5. You Trip Me Out|
|6. A Little Bit More (with Freddie Jackson)|
|9. When We Touch (It's Like Fire)|
|10. Don't Go Away|
|11. Love The One I'm With (with Kashif) (extended remix)|
|12. I'm Not Gonna Let You Go (remix)|
|13. It's Been So Long (extended remix)|
|14. Love The One I'm With (with Kashif) (club mix)|
|15. A Little Bit More (with Freddie Jackson) (radio edit)|
Includes 5 Bonus Tracks
Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
With this success, it was Melba’s turn to shine when she entered the studio to cut A LOT OF LOVE in 1986. An army of writers & producers were hired for this effort – Kashif, Paul Lawrence, Gene McFadden, Vaneese Thomas, Howard King and Rahni P. Harris. Collectively, this team created an album that covered one theme – love & romance. In addition, unlike her dance-driven “The Other Side Of The Rainbow” and the rock-flavored “Read My Lips”, ballads were the focus on A LOT OF LOVE with only three uptempo songs in the bunch (ten songs total). Musically, R&B with a touch of jazz was the chosen flavor throughout the disc.
The bright, uptempo horn-driven “There I Go Falling In Love Again” kicked off the album. Then, surprisingly, the album’s first ballad “It’s Been So Long” is track number two – midtempo and steady with Melba’s sultry vocals. The slow-groove “I’m Not Gonna Let You Go” shows off Melba’s singing power, going from a whisper to a sonic wail then quiet again. “Love The One I’m With (A Lot Of Love)” is a solid dancer and a fine playful duet between Melba & Kashif while “You Trip Me Out” highlights Melba’s solid overdubbed vocal tracks. The next five tunes are all ballads – “A Little Bit More” shows off some tasty guitar work as well as Melba & Freddie Jackson. “Falling” is a simple message about falling in love. The piano-driven “Stay” starts off steady then surprises the listener with a fine string arrangement. “When We Touch (It’s Like Fire)” goes from the matchstick sound effect to a smoldering vocal from Melba. Capping off the disc is “Don’t Go Away” with Melba singing as strong as ever.
As far as singles were concerned, it was a no-brainer. Melba’s duet with Freddie “A Little Bit More” was the first out of the gate, released the same time Capitol/Hush put out Freddie’s “Tasty Love” – both songs hit #1 on the R&B chart one after the other. Then came her tune with Kashif, “Love The One I’m With”, which peaked at #5 R&B. In early 1987 came another one-two punch – “Falling” by Melba and Freddie’s “”Have You Ever Loved Somebody” - two more back-to-back chart-toppers on the R&B listings. This was part of Hush Productions’ marketing genius – hit the radio & retail market with multiple singles from their artists, all released in one big batch and watch them rise to the top of the charts (and make that money!) .In addition, the album became Melba’s most successful to date - #7 R&B LP’s, #91 Pop LP’s.
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