Title: Come On In Love
Artist: Jay Dee
Label: Real Gone Music
Release date: October 2, 2015
Before he became “Jay Dee” (and later, Jackie Lee), Earl Nelson first broke out as part of the duo Bob & Earl with the 1963 hit “Harlem Shuffle,” famously covered by the Rolling Stones in 1986. Barry White had arranged the song, and worked again with Nelson on the single “Ooh Honey Baby” two years later. This collaboration led to the 1974 album Come On In Love, produced by Barry White and featuring Jay Dee as the front man. Recorded during the peak of White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra period, the album is awash with his lush string arrangements.
Seven of the nine songs on the original album were also written or co-written by White, and his signature R&B/funk production is evident throughout. Filled with upbeat funky tunes such as the instrumental “Jay’s Theme” and the title track “Come On In Love,” the album also features smooth R&B ballads such as “You’ve Changed.” The ‘70s love theme continues on catchy, soulful songs such as “I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away” and “Your Sweetness Is My Weakness.”
Now Real Gone Music has re-released this funky album for the first time on CD, with two bonus tracks: both sides of the “Strange Funky Games and Things” single including a long instrumental version under the name “Games and Funky Things.” The CD booklet includes extensive liner notes by Gene Sculatti that explore the background behind this lost classic of ‘70s soul.
Reviewed by Anna Polovick