Closer to the Source

Closer to the Source

by Leroy HutsonLeroy Hutson


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After a series of albums where he handled much the production and writing as a one-man show, Leroy Hutson teamed up with a number of collaborators (including Linda Clifford producer Gil Askey) to record 1978's Closer to the Source. The result is an unambitious but slick album of pop-soul. The big problem with this album is that its music is too derivative too often to make a strong case for Hutson's gifts as a performer: The jazzy melody of "They've Got Love" sounds almost identical to Stevie Wonder's late-'60s string of orchestrated pop-soul hits and the Marvin Gaye-inspired "Where Did Love Go" has a lovely, string-sweetened arrangement but quotes "What's Going On" a little too closely for its own good. Another problematic cut in this area is the title track, which closely imitates the light, jazzy sound that was bringing Earth, Wind & Fire hit after hit around this time. Although the outside writers and production help aid the album's consistency, the best cuts on Closer to the Source are the ones either written or co-written by Hutson himself: "Get to This (You'll Get to Me)" builds a strong melody on the tension between an ethereal melody and percolating, horn-spiced groove, and "Heaven Right Here on Earth" is the kind of silky slow jam that Hutson always excelled at. In the end, Closer to the Source is a solid album that will please Hutson's cult of fans but will probably seem a little too derivative to other soul music enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Acid Jazz
UPC: 5414940004724
catalogNumber: 0004724
Rank: 85324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leroy Hutson   Primary Artist
Linda Clifford   Background Vocals
Charles "H.W." Beadle   Background Vocals
Elmer Brown   Horn
Bobby Christian   Electronic Vibes
Earl DeRouen   Percussion
Henry Gibson   Percussion
Willie Henderson   Horn
Billy Howell   Horn
Jackie Johnson   Background Vocals
Ricki Linton   Background Vocals
Floyd Morris   Keyboards
George Patterson   Horn
Lonnie Reaves   Keyboards
Bernard Reed   Bass
Louis Satterfield   Bass,Horn
Alfonzo Surrett   Background Vocals
Jerry Wilson   Horn
James Mendell   Keyboards
Larry Williams   Bass
Sherline Shelton   Background Vocals
Radford   Bass
Jerline Brandy   Background Vocals
Marie Marsh   Background Vocals
Donald Myrick   Horn
Tom Washington   Keyboards
Michael Harris   Horn
Hank Ricks   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leroy Hutson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gil Askey   Composer,Producer
Fred Breitberg   Engineer
George Clinton   Composer
Michael Hawkins   Composer
Lonnie Reaves   Composer
Alfonzo Surrett   Composer
Tom Tom 84   Arranger
Rich Tufo   String Arrangements
James Mendell   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Dean Rudland   Producer
Richard Reicheg   Composer
Joe Reaves   Composer
Connie Davis   Composer

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