By the time Hutson released his first two solo albums -- repackaged here as a two for one disc set -- he had already established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the R&B community; having written and produced with the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway (to say nothing of filling Mayfield's shoes in the Impressions). Starting right out of the gate with a slow, smooth ballad (a rather unusual practice), "So in Love with You" is one of Hutson's finest moments and helps to define a large portion of his material. While Love Oh Love showed Hutson to be off to a promising start, The Man sputters a bit with its unevenness (but a particularly noteworthy contribution is his updated version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto") and ends with one of the worst soul-kitsch songs ever recorded, "Dudley Do Right." Like "Take Up a Course in Happiness" from Stevie Wonder's classic Where I'm Coming From release, it seems painfully kitschy and woefully out of place with the rest of the album's material.
AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2