Wednesday, 16 September 2009

L.T.D. ''L.T.D. (Love Togetherness & Devotion)''

L.T.D. (Love Togetherness & Devotion)

''L.T.D. (Love Togetherness & Devotion)''
( LP A&M Records, 1974 )
Catalog # SP 3602

Tracklisting:
1 To the Bone
2 Elegant Love
3 Not on Your Life
4 Gestures Unfulfilled
5 What Goes Around
6 Success
7 Thank You Mother
8 How Could You Be So Cold?
9 I Told You I'd Be Back
10 Lucky Day

Personnel & Credits:
Jerry Butler Executive Producer
Milt Calice Assistant Engineer
Lorenzo Carnegie Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Calvin Carter Producer
Henry Davis Bass (Electric)
Jimmie Davis Piano, Piano (Electric), Vocals (bckgr), Clavinet
Henry Lewy Engineer
Billy Osborne Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Jeffrey Osborne Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Jake Riley Percussion, Trombone
Carle Vickers Flute, Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals (bckgr)
Toby Wynn Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone)

Review1:
Major labels aren't always big on artist development -- if your first album isn't a hit, you can expect to be dropped. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, they were more patient. If a major label seriously believed in an act, they were, in many cases, willing to give it several albums to develop. Take L.T.D., for example. Although L.T.D. evolved into one of the finest, most successful soul/funk outfits of the late '70s, it was hardly an overnight sensation -- in fact, the band didn't enjoy a major commercial breakthrough until its third album, Love to the World, came out in 1976. And if A&M had been impatient, it would have missed out. Released in 1974, L.T.D.'s debut album, Love, Togetherness & Devotion, was hardly a major hit. This LP received very little attention, and it isn't in a class with gems like Love to the World, 1977's Something to Love, and 1978's Togetherness. Overall, the material is decent but not great. In 1974, L.T.D. had a recognizable sound and a charismatic, expressive lead vocalist in Jeffrey Osborne, but it still had some growing and developing to do. And thankfully, A&M was willing to stick around long enough for L.T.D. to make the transition from good to excellent. Although Love, Togetherness & Devotion is far from L.T.D.'s best or most essential album, it is interesting to listen to if you're a serious R&B historian.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

Review2:
The first record by LTD -- and an excellent bit of 70s soul that has the group working at their tightest! The tracks are shorter and a lot more focused than on later albums, and in a way, they sort of remind us of the ensemble funky soul sound that you'd hear on some of the early New Birth albums. Jeffrey Osborne's singing lead vocals on most cuts, but the group also features Celeste Cole taking the lead on a few other cuts. There's some nice Latiny percussion on the album, and at points the groove has slight Chicano-funky touches of groups like Mandrill or War. Titles include "Success", "Not On Your Life", "To The Bone", "Gestures Unfulfilled", "Lucky Day", "I Told You I'd Be Back", and "Whatcha Wanna Do". (Includes original inner sleeve. Cover has a bit of pen.)
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7 comments:

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Rare---1 said...

thanks you for the invite to your blog and thanks for the music :)

Dr. Johnny Fever said...

This album is not to be missed.
Thanks!

xensma said...

c'mon guys!21 downloads for this lp and only 2 comments???aaaaargh....to be a blogger is for sure an ungrateful job!

Lexify said...

Thanks for this great album & thnk you for the invitation!

charlie o said...

Awesome LP,Been looking for this for ages,thanks very much, appreciate all the hard work.

PS

Please could i have an invite to the blog my email:- jackarmy72@googlemail.com

Spice said...

Thanks for this, great work!

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