Lou Rawls

When the Night Comes

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This is Lou Rawls' first LP after a lengthy, productive run on Philadelphia International Records. Epic Records tries to keep Rawls commercially viable, but fans of his Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff productions may not appreciate these pop- and country-oriented Ron Haffkine productions. "Upside Down" is so happy-go-lucky that it's reminiscent of "The Candy Man." "Wind Beneath My Wings" is uptempo with a sermonizing rock guitar, but the song works better as a ballad. Producer Ron Haffkine sometimes has Rawls sounding tenor-ish, but the vocalist is more effective singing in the lazy baritone/bass that graced "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and "Lady Love." "A Couple More Years," "When the Night Comes," "I've Been Him," and "Midnight Sunshine" are failed attempts to corner a piece of the country market. The whole affair reeks of just another session to Rawls, and it doesn't hold a candle to the Philly stuff.

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