Ronnie Jones

Lookin' for Action

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A smoothly pleasing set of light disco-soul numbers, Jones' 1976 debut (only released in Europe until its 1993 CD issue) is far from groundbreaking, yet a cut above many other of the formulaic, dancefloor-skewed collections of its day in age. With an inviting tone that can be both silky and strong, his effective baritone leaves a lasting impression on numbers such as the mellow "Soul Sister" and the medley of "Try a Little Tenderness/Give Her Some More." Though the producing/arranging team of Jürgen S. Korduletsch and Jörg Evers crafts a nice style over the album's course, their writing efforts are sleepy on occasion. Witness "Oh What a Beautiful Way" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" for examples of the latter. Still, with the sexy atmosphere of "Satin Sheets" and the chipper, chugging take on "Under My Thumb/It's the Same Old Song," the maestros prove that it is indeed possible to be kinetic and romantic simultaneously -- especially when aided by an authentic crooner like Jones. Lookin' for Action isn't as versatile as several of his later sets, but it is more consistent musically and free of the gimmicks that sometimes pervaded them.

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