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Smooth Talk

  • 1. Smooth Talk
    2. I Don't Know If It's Right
    3. Till I Come Off the Road
    4. Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'
    5. Shame
    6. Nobody Knows
    7. We're Going to a Party
    8. Show Is Over, The
    9. Shame [12" Disco Mix] - (remix)
    10. I Don't Know If It's Right [12" Disco Mix] - (remix)
    11. Shame [Single Version]
    12. I Don't Know If It's Right [Single Version]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0015

  • Credits
    ProducerWayne Dickson (Reissue)
    EngineerJoaquin J. Lopes; Boris Midney

    Personnel: Kim Miller, Ronnie James (guitar); Don Renaldo & His Swinging Horns (horns); Sam Peaks (Clavinet, organ); Jimmy Sigler (organ); Jerald Hill, Dennis Richardson (keyboards); Scott Miller (drums); Johnny McCants (congas, percussion); Lee Fuller, Larry Strickland (congas).
    Audio Mixer: Joaquin J. Lopes.
    Liner Note Author: Andy Kellman.
    Recording information: Alpha International, Philadelphia; RCA Studios, NY.
    With a healthy array of simple yet funky soul/disco romps, King's debut outing is a fine catch for 70's R&B connoisseurs. Grooves like the savvy titletrack, with its undulating drum fills and serene and stylish vocal arrangement; the assertive "We're Going to a Party"; and the quietly melodic, pondering "I Don't Know If It's Right" (R&B #7, Pop #23), showcase the singer's power and poise finely against solid arrangements. And then there's the perennial dancefloor classic "Shame" (R&B and Pop #7), a bustling romp with an unforgettable transitional bridge and catchy chorus. Several forgettable numbers do surface, in the form of the bland, repetitive "Dancin', Dancin', Dancin" and the unconvincing heavy funk stance of "Til I Come off the Road." But on the whole, Smooth Talk proves itself a fun, satisfying listen for the body - if not a genius piece of soul. ~ Justin M. Kantor

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