Barry White

The Walrus of Love

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This is a badly named and, for the most part, crummy collection of demos and live cuts featuring Barry White, the Love Unlimited Orchestra, and a slew of very famous friends also working with the orchestra with White behind the boards. There is nothing revelatory in White's own selections, and these seem to be among the poorest in terms of sound quality. There are some points of interest, like the new take of "Across 100th Street" by Bobby Womack, the demo workout of "You'll Never Find" by Lou Rawls, and the deeply emotive -- but musically ragged -- "I've Been Loving You Too Long" with Percy Sledge This is for true White diehards and soul music freaks only. It's far from unlistenable -- especially White's take on "Long Black Veil," which is so closely associated with Johnny Cash -- but it gets tedious rather quickly.

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