Phil Hurtt

Giving It Back

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Songwriter Phil Hurtt -- best-known for co-writing "I'll Be Around" (Spinners), "Sunshine" (O'Jays), and some of the Village People's chart climbers -- borrows a page from Marvin Gaye's book by double tracking his vocals on his first and possibly only album. Giving It Back plays to the romantics and to the dancers. The smooth ballads are the most pleasing. Turn the lights down low when you play "Please Don't Come Home," "Heaven," and "That's the Way the Story Goes." "Teach Them Well," and "Where the Love Is" are hardwood floor dance numbers. Fantasy Records should be ashamed for not accelerating out of first gear on this one.