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CATCH UP GROOVE: GLORIA GAYNOR: GLORIOUS EXPANDED EDITION (BBR)
First issued in 1977 by Polydor, this was Gloria’s fourth studio album, now remastered with bonus tracks. I wanted so much to give this a glowing review, having such a high regard for the lady, but I can’t. Some of the tracks appear a little muffled, her voice struggling against overpowering musical curtains, which is surprising because the brilliant “Never Can Say Goodbye” album was issued only two years earlier (“I Will Survive” was a year away). Maybe the change of producers to Gregg Diamond and Joe Beck from the Monardo/Bongiovi/Ellis trio who produced her first trio of albums, wasn’t such an inspiring move after all. Having said that, “Most Of All”, the extracted single holds credence, likewise the opening track “Why Should I Pay” which indicates a disco album follows, as it’s performed in Gloria’s recognisable dance mode. “We Can Start All Over Again” is too fast, with vocals too soft, therefore any possible momentum is lost. Much the same can be said about “Sweet Sweet Melody”, although the chorus does bring the song alive. This musical combination had everything working for it, but somewhere along the line, it sadly lost its way.

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Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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