Ashford & Simpson

Hits, Remixes and Rarities: The Warner Brothers Years

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Hits, Remixes and Rarities: The Warner Brothers Years Review

by Anthony Tognazzini

Songwriting and production team Ashford & Simpson are responsible for hits by soul superstars such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin, penning the classics “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” among others. But Ashford & Simpson were recording stars in their own right, with a discography that stretches from the early 1960s to the 2000s.

WARNER BROTHER YEARS collects the work the duo did for the label through the 1970s and into the early ‘80s, focusing on originals (“Everybody’s Got to Give It Up”), 12-inch mixes (like the disco treatments of “Over and Over” and “Nobody Knows”), and contemporary remixes (such as Dim’s Club Mix of “Stay Free”). The full stylistic range of the talented couple (yes, they’re married) is on display as well, from classic ‘60s soul, to pulsing disco, to contemporary R&B.

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