Post by A Thug Named Slickback on Jun 6, 2005 19:49:00 GMT -5
Um, this was tha JAM! Just an all-around R&B classic. The instrumental track alone is enough to make this a favorite. But when you throw in Bobby's vocal performance, this song becomes too good to handle.
When Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do for Love” began its chart ascent in 1978, many heard its impeccable groove, soaring arrangement, and sharp depiction of romance and preemptively labeled him one of the next great black soul artists. There was only one problem: Caldwell was a white Floridian. Fearing that the “blue-eyed soul” label would cost Caldwell his black audience, his label, T.K. Records, obscured his appearance for as long as they could. But as live performances revealed the singer’s identity, his song soared in popularity anyway, ultimately cracking the Top 10.
Caldwell would remain a working musician for three more decades, but his releases never reached the height of his earliest hit. “What You Won’t Do for Love” wasn’t just a surprising debut that balanced smooth jazz, soul, and pop; it transcended racial lines with equal finesse. White soul singers, from Simply Red to Justin Timberlake, have followed its footsteps ever since. –Corey Smith-West
I'm gettin' my life to this song right now. It's smooth and a jam. Every part is a hook. Ugh, it's just so damn good!
"'Vision Of Love', when I first heard that song, I knew it, my mind was made up, I had to be a singer." - Beyonce "When I discovered Mariah Carey and 'Vision of Love,' that was a breath of fresh air. And I adored her from that moment on and idolized her." - Christina Aguilera "I think ['Vision Of Love'] was a vision of the future world of American Idol." - Rich Juzwiak, Slant
Post by disman00911 on Apr 12, 2021 15:29:48 GMT -5
One of the best 70s R&B/soul songs and all-time best "Blue Eyed Soul" songs. 2pac replayed the song's chorus in his posthumous 1997 hit "Do 4 Love". Many songs have sampled the main hook of this song, such as Tantaya Ali's 1998 track "Boy You Knock Me Out." When I was younger, I heard the original Bobby Caldwell song on V103 and defunct WNUA 95.9 Smooth Jazz on the radio.
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