To Be a Lover [Bonus Track]

To Be a Lover [Bonus Track]

by George FaithGeorge Faith

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Dutch Import / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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After years of being one of the more difficult-to-locate-projects recorded by Lee "Scratch" Perry, George Faith's sensual debut long-player To Be a Lover (1978) has been restored by the audio archivists at Hip-O Select. They even went a step further, augmenting the contents with a nearly ten-minute 'extended version' of the title track. The professional relationship between artist and producer extended over a decade, when Perry -- who was running a retail record shop at the time -- was impressed with Faith's platters "Green Hills" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got." It was also Perry who christened the then-named Earl George, George Faith. As Perry biographer David Katz notes in his accompanying essay -- in contrast to the overt political nature infused into the majority of the legendary producer's clientele -- Faith's incipient collection is threaded by a sense of romanticism rather than angst. While the album contains a mixture of Faith-penned originals, the lion's share of the effort consists of an admittedly odd assortment of early American pop
ock numbers -- suggested by Perry -- such as the medley of Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour" with the Creole soul and infectious groove on Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya." Thanks to Perry's thickly doctored production style, the coupling offers a hypnotic vibe weaving through and supporting Faith's easy skankin' and congenial delivery. "Opportunity" smolders hazily beneath the driving beat with Faith ably maneuvering his ethereal vocals atop of the incessant rhythm. Although the artist is credited as composer on "So Fine," it is actually a remake of the Johnny Otis R&B hit. The trippy rendition adopts a languid tempo with the heavily echoplexed lead supported by the mighty Meditations. The pace increases the essential overhaul of the O'Jays' "I've Got the Groove," which proved to one of Faith's best-received sides . Of all the tunes chosen to redo, it is Paul Anka's "Diana" that stands most prominently, thanks to its unique instrumental phasing that swirls around Faith's innocent and childlike singing. Equally worthy is the take of "Turn Back the Hands of Time" -- a significant entry for Tyrone Davis. Keen-eared listeners are encouraged to pick out the sonically shrouded nod to Tina Turner's update of "Proud Mary." As referred to above, To Be a Lover [Bonus Track] (2004) has been enhanced with a longer edit of the song "To Be a Lover (Have Mercy)," not to mention the absolute best fidelity to have ever graced this material. Only 3,000 copies are available from the internet-based Hip-O Select and additional information can be located on their website at

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2020
Label: Music On Vinyl
UPC: 0600753864388
catalogNumber: 3864388
Rank: 60389

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Faith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Boris Gardiner   Bass
Glen DaCosta   Horn
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Keith Stirling   Piano
Winston Wright   Organ
David Maden   Horn
Mikey "Boo" Richards   Drums
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Horn

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
George Faith   Composer
David Katz   Liner Notes
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bonnie Thompson   Composer
Jane Hitchin   Master Tape Research
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Zoe Roberts   Master Tape Research
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Lily Salinas   Master Tape Research
Jessica Ruiz   Master Tape Research
Jack Daniels   Composer

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