During her time
with The Sweet Inspirations Houston sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin,
Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, The Drifters, Dusty Springfield, Van
Morrison (Brown Eyed Girl), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Elvis Presley (the ’69
Vegas comeback) and her niece Dionne Warwick. Having gone solo in 1969 Houston
recorded the original version of "Midnight Train To Georgia” (later a #1 single
for Gladys Knight and The Pips) on her only album for Janus Records.
In 1978 Houston
released THINK IT OVER, her second LP on Private Stock Records under the
guidance of arranger/producer Michael Zager. This album introduced Houston to
the Disco world with the title track and lead single "Think It Over” reaching a
respectable #32 on the Billboard R&B charts and #5 on the Disco charts.
"Think It Over” is bona-fide dance floor dynamite with its solid beat and shuffling
percussive elements that propel the track forward, the beautiful marriage of
piano and strings augmented with arresting, uplifting horn refrains, married to
Houston’s incredible, gospel infused, soulful and impassioned vocal. The second
single "Warning – Danger” is in much the same vain, again the piano, string and
horn interplay is oh so satisfying. Other strong tracks are the groover
"Somebody Should Have Told Me,” and the bold ballad "After You” which showcases
Houston’s vocal dexterity.
BBR is very proud to present CISSY HOUSTON, expertly
re-mastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. CISSY
HOUSTON is absolutely essential listening for all Soul, Disco and Pop fans out
Availble on 19/08/2013