Alton McClain & Destiny

More of You

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Under the right circumstances, Alton McClain & Destiny might have become a big name in R&B instead of merely one-hit wonders. The talent was certainly there, and if the trio had enjoyed the guidance and direction of some real heavyweights -- perhaps Gamble & Huff, perhaps Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White, perhaps Quincy Jones -- it might have gone far. But luck wasn't on the side of Alton McClain & Destiny, which, for the most part, didn't have great material to work with. What was true of its uneven debut album is also true of its equally uneven sophomore effort, More of You; there are a few gems, but most of the tunes are merely competent. The gems on this 1980 LP (which Frank E. Wilson produced with John Footman) range from the sweet soul ballad "Thank Heaven for You" to an inspired remake of Johnny Bristol's 1974 smash "Hang on in There, Baby." But most of the other tunes are not breathtaking. Most of the time, this 1980 release inspires the listener to say, "Not a bad album, but Alton McClain & Destiny was capable of a lot more."

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