Raydio

Raydio/Rock On

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This Edsel release combines Ray Parker, Jr.'s first two Raydio albums, 1977's Raydio and 1978's Rock On. Both Arista releases peaked in the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B Albums chart, catapulted respectively by "Jack and Jill" and "You Can’t Change That" -- two of the catchiest late-'70s R&B singles with genuine pop appeal. Between the albums, three additional singles from them -- "Is This a Love Thing," "Honey I’m Rich," and "More Than One Way to Love a Woman" -- were moderately successful, and a handful of album cuts rise above filler level. At the time, Parker was just about living in recording studios, pulling session and songwriting work for dozens of artists, so it's remarkable that he had this much left in him. Casual fans can stick to hits collections. Those who always have time for light, melodic funk with clever songwriting will find much to enjoy. The disc will come as a relief to those who missed out on the early-'90s reissues and the limited 2008 LP-replica remasters that appeared in Japan.

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