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Best known for her gold-certified 1970 single, ‘Precious, Precious’, Jackie Moore was one of a small number of artists who emerged in the early ‘70s that went on to experience a string of successes with a Southern sound rooted in soul. Working with noted session players like the Dixie Flyers and the Memphis Horns, Moore’s earthy pop-soul – most of which was crafted by producer Dave Crawford – resulted in a half-dozen R&B hits for Atlantic Records such as ‘Sweet Charlie Babe’. After leaving Atlantic, she continued to enjoy sizeable R&B hits such as ‘Make Me Feel Like A Woman’ (1975) under the directive of Brad Shapiro on his Kayvette Records imprint before eventually settling at Columbia in the late 70’s.
“I’M ON MY WAY”, Moore’s first set for Columbia Records peaked at R&B #49. The album is anchored by its opening track, the smash hit ‘This Time Baby’ (R&B #24/Disco #1/UK #49). Regarded by some as Jackie’s signature tune, the track remains a popular floor-filler on the UK soul scene. Overall, the set finds Jackie teaming up with the Philly talents of Bobby Eli, who produced the album and did most of the arrangements (aside from a few tracks by Norman Harris or Jack Faith). The Philly Disco production includes a musical line up of Don Renaldo & his strings and many of the top players from the period on tracks such as the single ‘How’s Your Love Life Baby’ (Disco #57) – co-written by Sidney Barnes and Greg Perry. Elsewhere, slurping hihats and galloping bass lines embody titles including the disco classic ‘Let’s Go Somewhere And Make Love’, and infectious dance numbers such as ‘Do Ya’ Got What It Takes’ and ‘Wrapped Up In Your Lovin’’ – the latter being a tight and funky number that encompasses a punchy horn arrangement.
Such titles, alongside other gems such as ‘Joe’ (a ballad Jackie originally cut, and subsequently canned, at Atlantic), contribute a modern soul glow to the set that establishes a new shift in Moore’s music – resulting in a style that still makes light of her soulful vocal performances as she steps out into some warmer Philly rhythms. The album returned Moore to the R&B album chart where it peaked at #45.
This BBR edition of “I’M ON MY WAY” also features six bonus remixes of ‘This Time Baby’ and ‘How’s Your Love Life Baby’, including Mike Maurro’s recently successful vinyl 12” remix of the former. BBR is thrilled to present this expanded and remastered edition of “I’M ON MY WAY” in a deluxe super jewel case with extensive liner notes by Malcolm McKenzie, a must for all soul and disco fans.
1. THIS TIME BABY
3. CAN YOU TELL ME WHY
4. LET’S GO SOMEWHERE AND MAKE LOVE
5. I’M ON MY WAY
6. HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE BABY
7. WRAPPED UP IN YOUR LOVIN’
8. DO YA’ GOT WHAT IT TAKES
9. THIS TIME BABY (12” MIKE MAURRO DISCO REMIX)
10. HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE BABY (12” JOHN LUONGO DISCO MIX)
11. THIS TIME BABY (12” INSTRUMENTAL VERSION)
12. HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE BABY (12” JOHN LUONGO INSTRUMENTAL VERSION)
13. THIS TIME BABY (SINGLE VERSION)
14. HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE BABY (SINGLE VERSION)