Monday, April 7, 2014

Evelyn "Champagn" King - Music Box

This month marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Music Box, the second studio album from R&B singer Evelyn "Champagne" King. This 1979 release hit number 45 in Canada and number 12 on the US Billboard R&B charts. It also spent seventeen weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 35.

Side one begins with the title track. As the first single, "Music Box" went to number 78 on the US Billboard Dance chart, number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the US Billboard R&B chart. This joyous ode to the radio features a funky beat and an uplifting sound.

The mood shifts with the sensual ballad "Let's Start All Over Again".

The up-beat love celebration of "Out There", the second single, went to number 34 on the US Billboard R&B chart. It has a good beat for dancing to.

"No Time For Fooling Around" gives notice to a player, telling him that his infidelity will not fly.

The first half comes to a close with "Steppin' Out (Pt. 1)", a dance groove with a very funky bass line.

Side two starts off with "Steppin' Out (Pt. 2)", which picks right up where the last track ended. I found it interesting that they would split it across the two sides rather than have one extra long track.

The B-side to the second single was "Make Up Your Mind". This one is a solid disco tune too, with the right mix to get you moving.

With its longing for love, the simmering "I Think My Heart Is Telling" is next.

The closing track "It's OK" was also the B-side to the first single. With a strong dance beat, this one focuses on a woman who is completely at ease thanks to love.

In listening to the tracks I could find of Music Box for this review (I had to dig around the Internet to find as this one seems to be out of print) I realized that I don’t seem to recall any of these by Ms. King. As for first impressions, what I heard of the record made a good one. If it ever surfaced on the usual digital download stores, I would be inclined to pick up a few of the tracks.

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