Set My Love in Motion [Bonus Tracks]

Set My Love in Motion [Bonus Tracks]

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Overview

The history of R&B (much like the history of rock, country, and reggae) is full of artists who were more successful in a behind-the-scenes capacity than they were with their own albums. The late Syreeta Wright Muhammad was such an artist. Anyone who is seriously into '70s soul has heard some of the songs she co-wrote with Stevie Wonder, which include "You've Got It Bad, Girl," "If You Really Love Me," "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," and the Spinners' 1970 smash "It's a Shame." But as a recording artist, Syreeta was a marginal figure in R&B. Nonetheless, she recorded some worthwhile albums, and one of them was 1981's Set My Love in Motion. This album didn't contain any major hits, but it's a respectable, decent effort even though it falls short of earth-shattering. Produced by Ollie E. Brown, Set My Love in Motion finds Syreeta fluctuating between energetic funk/dance jams and mellow quiet storm ballads. The funkier tracks include "Can't Shake Your Love," "Quick Slick" (a number 41 R&B hit), and "Move It, Do It," while the romantic quiet storm items include "Wish Upon a Star," "You Set My Love in Motion," "I Love You," and "There's Nothing Like a Woman in Love." As a rule, Syreeta doesn't get into the type of really gutbucket, down-and-dirty funk that Parliament/Funkadelic, Rick James, the Bar-Kays, Cameo, Mutiny, and the Gap Band were known for; the funkiness on this album is generally closer to Chic, Chaka Khan, Dynasty, or the Brothers Johnson. But the exception is "Out the Box," which contains some P-funk-isms and draws on George Clinton's quirkiness and goofy sense of humor. Back in 1981, Set My Love in Motion was originally released on LP by Motown; 30 years later in 2011, it was reissued as a 60-minute CD by the Brooklyn-based Funky Town Grooves, which added two extended mixes of "Can't Shake Your Love" and an instrumental version of "Move It, Do It." Set My Love in Motion isn't among the essential recordings of early-'80s R&B, but it is an enjoyable demonstration of what Syreeta had to offer in the funk-dance and quiet storm departments.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
Label: Funky Town Grooves
UPC: 0884502879261
catalogNumber: 230
Rank: 74263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Syreeta   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Robert Palmer   Guitar
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Todd Cochran   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Pattie Brooks   Background Vocals
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion,Drums
Gary Coleman   Vibes
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Barry Finnerty   Guitar
James Gadson   Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Jeanette Hawes   Background Vocals
Marlo Henderson   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Synthesizer,Guitar
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Sylvester Rivers   Keyboards
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Wayne Stalling   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Moog Bass
Eddie Summers   Drums
Melvin Webb   Percussion
Romeo Williams   Bass
Nathan Watts   Bass
Robert Palmer   Guitar
John Barnes   Keyboards
William Briant   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Moog Bass
Keith Elliott   Drums
Jeannette Hawes   Background Vocals
Suzanne Coston   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Page   String Arrangements
Brian Short   Composer
Angelo Bond   Composer,Producer
Todd Cochran   Composer
Joe Blocker   Composer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Ollie E. Brown   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
David Cohen   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Marlo Henderson   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Paul Jackson   Composer
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Sylvester Rivers   rhythm arrangement
Bob Robitaille   Engineer
Gloria Sklerov   Composer
James Stewart   Composer
Russ Terrana   Engineer
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer
Tyrone Williams   Engineer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Michael Stone   Engineer
Mark Mueller   Composer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
L. Mario Henderson   Composer
Paul Hines   Composer
David Zammit   Engineer
Maureen Bailey   Composer
Mitchell Bottler   Composer
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
Ria Lewerke Shapiro   Art Direction
James Stewart   Composer
Norma Helms   Composer
Lawrence T. Horn   Engineer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Kenneth Hirsch   Composer
Greg Faulken   Engineer

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