While at least one track from this album showed up decades ago on an Epic compilation, the remainder of this album has remained in the Columbia archives until Reel Music had it remastered and release. The sound is incredible - even with some of the tracks in mono, This is the result of Steve Alaimo's production at the AGP studios in Memphis, the Memphis Boys backing (see the Ace album for more detail) supported by the Memphis Horns, and Bill Lacey's remastering. This is a stunning album - strong songs, great production and Gwen McCrae in fine voice. The hits - which are certainly evident 40 years later were buried as Columbia was in the midst of moving to its HBS-inspired black music strategy under the leadership of Clive Davis. This is a great addition to any 70s soul library.
One of the finest studio musicians & lead guitarists in the history of jazz, Paul Jackson, Jr. is coming back to play! "Lay It Back" from Branch Records features the same smooth, urban approach to his signature guitar plucking style & charisma often shared throughout his previous 6 projects. His schedule is always full with participating on numerous deals, especially as music director for a host of televison programs & sitting in on hundreds of music sessions all over. Paul simply is keeping his passion for jazz alive with his 7th effort!