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Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
Through the first half of the '70s, and intermittently thereafter, Willie Hutch was the closest thing the Motown stable had to a Curtis Mayfield, from his cool, guitar-and-percussion based soul numbers (and the strings tha... more »
Through the first half of the '70s, and intermittently thereafter, Willie Hutch was the closest thing the Motown stable had to a Curtis Mayfield, from his cool, guitar-and-percussion based soul numbers (and the strings that sweetened them) on down to his cap and shades. An ace songwriter who'd cowritten "I'll Be There" for the Jackson 5, he followed Mayfield's path into scoring movies--Foxy Brown and The Mack (for which he wrote the enduring "Brother's Gonna Work It Out")--but his voice was earthier, more in the Sam Cooke tradition, and his lyrics were more concerned with the redemptive power of love than with street terror. This smart career condensation also jumps forward for his '82 dance-floor semi-hit "In and Out." --Douglas Wolk
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JOHN D. | LV, NV (the 702) | 12/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The pinnacle of the 70's sound is here. The man does it all, ballads, funk, dance. All of these songs bring back memories, especially the few from "The Mack" I jst wish Motown would release his "The mark of the beast" and "Ode To my lady"
from 74 and 75"
Yet another one missed on the radar !
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Willie Hutch passed in 2005 - - a unique figure in soul music, because like Bunny Siegler, he wrote the songs people sang, could have been a hit maker himself, but spent most his time behind the scenes. Oddly, his strongest works in my mind were the stuff he did for soundtracks like THE MACK and FOXY BROWN - - albums who's soundtracks may not not be as famous as SHAFT and SUPERFLY but are pretty much as funky, bad*ass yet mellow and groovy as you get - - and strangely enough, track by track very hit oriented. (Songs, not just orchestrations!)
Sadly, Hutch never became the superstar he deserved (though its great to see him on some of those old Soul Train episodes floating around!) I think its really sad - - He reminds me a lot of yet another "in the shadows" soul singer: Leroy Hutson - - both had very strong songwriting and orchestrating skills, distinct *driving* styles, yet are not as well known as they should be. - - And if you're not sold on what I'm saying yet, hopefully this great compilation will serve as THE PROOF - - My strong advice however is to get MACK and FOXY instead... great albums listenable straight through!!!"
SLICK WILLIE !
J. Hoffman | dover, pa. United States | 07/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""SLICK" will probably be one of his biggest songs, Willie Hutch will be most remembered for, along with "BROTHER'S GONNA WORK IT OUT", "IN & OUT", "LOVE POWER", and "PARTY DOWN". Let's not forget he wrote "I'LL BE THERE" for the Jackson 5. He will be sadly missed . I'm sure he's in Motown Heaven !!"