L.T.D.

Love to the World

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The Mizell Brothers (Larry and Fonce) put L.T.D. on the right track, after the self-contained unit had stagnated on two subpar albums. Jeffery Osborne sang lead, and the Mizells spotlighted the North Carolinian's powerful tenor. This album spawned the endearing, sentimental "Love Ballad," a majestic piece that Osborne crushes. L.T.D.'s Southern roots emerge on "Let the Music Keep Playing," a Southern-dipped tearjerker. The jazzy, joyous title track, "Love to the World," has a powerful message and gets a reprise as "Love to the World Prayer." Seven well-crafted tunes that never embarrass or make you want to skip to the next, originally released in 1976.

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