Lay This Burden Down: The Very Best of Mary Love

Lay This Burden Down: The Very Best of Mary Love

by Mary LoveMary Love


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Replacing Ace's previous 1994 collection Then & Now, which split the difference between Mary Love's Modern sides from the '60s and recently recorded spiritual material from the '80s and '90s, the 2014 collection is certainly a better showcase for Love's talents, as it concentrates on material made for Modern, Josie, Elco, and Generation between 1965-1975, adding two 1977 selections for Magic Disc and two cuts apiece from 1987 and 1994. Unlike Then & Now, which hopscotched between the decades, this is sequenced chronologically, so it's possible to hear her progress from a starlet groomed in the vein of Motown to a bunch of other similar-sounding uptown pop-soul before she dabbled in smooth soul at the conclusion of the '70s and then turned to brittle-sounding contemporary gospel. In every setting, Love acquits herself well, if not with particular distinction. Depending on the setting, she can sound a bit like Mary Wells or Barbara Lewis, and when teamed with the right song or even production, the results are pleasing; this is especially true of the Modern sides, some of which have become Northern soul favorites. Generally, though, this is amiable period soul that has all the comforting hallmarks of an era without being memorable.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667241427
catalogNumber: 1124127
Rank: 72140

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Love   Primary Artist
Marc Gordon   Conductor

Technical Credits

Arthur Adams   Arranger,Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Mike Akopoff   Producer
Roger Armstrong   Records
Nick Ashford   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Arranger,Composer
Gorgoni   Composer
Richard Parker   Composer,Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Roger Hamilton Spotts   Arranger
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Mary Love   Composer
Paul Dunn   Records
Fred Hughes   Composer
Miles Grayson   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Records
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Records
Chester Pipkin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
John Cole   Producer
Gary Pipkin   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Benjamin Taylor   Composer
David Flynn   Records
Roger Blythe   Records
Ed Martinez   Composer
Bob Abrahamian   Records
Brad Comer   Composer
Marc Gordon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Skip Layne   Producer
Robbie Love   Cover Art
Matt Hill   Producer

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