Michael Henderson

The Best of Michael Henderson [Electrocord]

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When session bassist Michael Henderson got a chance to sing on Norman Connors' You Are My Starship album, everyone thought a lasting star had been unveiled. He came out solo smooth with a hypnotic "Be My Girl" that aesthetically topped his previous production on the Dramatics. He followed with a mixture of slow grooves and up-tempo jams like "Take Me I'm Yours," a duet with Rena Scott, "You Haven't Made It to the Top," "In the Night Time," and "Wide Receiver." Then, suddenly, creativity went south, but unlike migrating birds, never returned. Henderson resorted to rehashing Hal David and Burt Bacharach songs and ladling out subpar originals. The 15 songs tell an incomplete story; for example, the collection omits his update of "To Be Loved," originally by Jackie Wilson. After the tenth song, most interests will wane (some before that); this is where the exclusion of his pre-solo joints with Connors looms the largest.

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