Last week, I led off my “Groovy Tuesday” post with this disclaimer:
Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features five groovy R&B/soul songs from a specific year. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go Maxine Nightingale on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!
Well, are you ready? I am following through on my threat from last week–it’s Maxine Nightingale time! In 1978, Maxine released her third album, Love Lines, in the UK. The album didn’t perform well in her native England, but that all changed when the album was rechristened as Lead Me On for release in the United States. The title track went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and also went as high as #3 on the Hot 100. Of course, “Lead Me On” was Maxine’s second U.S. Top Ten hit–“Right Back Where We Started From” had reached #2 in the spring of 1976.
For years, you couldn’t get the Lead Me On album on CD. When it was finally released in 2004, the disc used a sub-par mix that left fans of this R&B classic severely disappointed. To remedy this injustice, the Analog Kid is happy to present the entire Lead Me On album, ripped directly from my original vinyl copy just yesterday.
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Maxine Nightingale: Lead Me On
Windsong Records, 1979
1. “Hideaway” (Ellison/Brown)
2. “(Bringing Out) The Girl In Me” (Parker, Jr.)
3. “Darlin’ Dear” (Sawyer/McCleod)
4. “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Parker, Jr.)
5. “Lead Me On” (Willis/Lasley)
6. “No One Like My Baby” (Bliffert)
7. “You Got To Me” (Boone)
8. “Ask Billy (They Tell Me)” (Bell/James)
9. “You Are The Most Important Person In Your Life” (Sawyer/McCleod)
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Maxine Nightingale: “Right Back Where We Started From”
From the album Right Back Where We Started From
United Artists, 1976