Betty Wright

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This Marlon Jackson production recorded in Jamaica hits on all cylinders. "Burning Desire," a Marlon and Tito Jackson song, exploits the disco groove in an infectious way, the rhythm track and trappings, including Luther Vandross on backing vocals, will set you right. "She's Older Now" has a subtle reggae groove with Wright's sweet vocals and squalls, and Vandross again contributed behind the groove. "Be Your Friend," the third straight winner, has a shuffling beat and polyrhythms which invite your best dance moves. Marlon duets with Wright on "I Promise You," a floater accented by a strident sax and romantic lyrics. An enthusiastic "Live, Love, Rejoice" continues the winning tradition, the title is sung like a cheerleading chant, with a tight guitar adding seasoning. Marlon, Randy, Tito, and Jackie Jackson wrote "Special Love," which Wright starts in an airy falsetto like Jackie Jackson's; the reggae rhythms makes this work, and Wright's singing toughens as the tape rolls. "Show Me," "Gimme Just Another Try," and "Reggae This Way " mesh American soul with Jamaican reggae.