• lara saint paul Saffo Music (CD, £12.75)

    The Lost Leon Ware Album. In 1977, Eritrean ingénue, celebrity, model, softcore actress and singer Lara Saint Paul journeyed from Italy to Los Angeles, California to record her sixth album, this time with producer/musician/singer Leon Ware at the boards and writing or co-authoring every track. This was a profound departure from her Italian easy listening/pop vocal catalog. With English song titles and an uncredited Quincy Jones assisting on production, session men Ray Parker Jr., Jimmy Gadson, King Errison and Chuck Rainey on guitar, drums, percussion and bass, and backing vocals from the Pointer Sisters, this is classic and sexy disco/funk from the genre’s peak period, with an Afrobeat flavour bubbling over on the album’s single, the haunting “Voodoo Lady”, and a sweaty, breathy undertone throughout. “Disco-Music Nudo di Classe” was the subtitle on her feature in the May 1979 issue of Italian skin rag Playmen, which also could be used to describe this album. Classy naked disco. First time on CD 1. Come L’amore 2. I Love Loving You 3. So Good 4. Give Me All Of You 5. Thank You 6. The Voodoo Lady 7. You Know That I Love You 8. Come L’amore

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