It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for The Analog Kid Blog to go back in time and feature some of the funkin’ grooviest R&B/soul songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes I’ll feature songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I might go all Eruption on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

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I found a vinyl copy of Vicki Lawrence’s Newborn Woman a few months back at my local Half-Price Books. I knew Vicki had recorded before (“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” was a #1 single back in 1973), but I had no idea that this record even existed. All it took was the year of release (1979) and one quick glance at the cover and I knew one thing was certain about this record:

Mama does disco!

I was not disappointed– and you won’t be either. I know you might be a little skeptical, but I beg you: at the very least, check out the album-opening “Don’t Stop The Music.” I must have listened to this glorious slice of late-’70s excess at least fifty times in the week after my discovery of the album.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Newborn Woman has never been released on CD. The Analog Kid Blog may be the only place in the world where you can now listen to Thelma Harper moan lustfully, and that makes the $150 I just shelled out to renew my domain more than worth it.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: Newborn Woman

Windmill Record Company, 1979

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Don’t Stop The Music” (Norman Sallitt)

Don’t Stop The Music

2. “It’s Always Been You” (Dick St. John/Mark Gibbons/Sandy St. John)

It’s Always Been You

3. “Midnight Robbery” (Bill Green/Mark Burdick)

Midnight Robbery

4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” (Norman Sallitt)

Never Gonna Let You Go

5. “Star Love” (Dick St. John/Sandy St. John/Gary Zekley/Mark Gibbons)

Star Love

6. “Your Lies” (Timothy Blixset)

Your Lies

7. “Baby When You’re Near Me” (Norman Sallitt)

Baby When You’re Near Me

8. “Just One Time” (Norman Sallitt/Ted Glasser)

Just One Time

9. “Newborn Woman” (Al Capps/Mary Dean)

Newborn Women

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (Bobby Russell)

From the album The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Bell Records, 1973

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

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4 responses »

  1. Leo says:

    Damn! “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”. Flashing back to eating Frosted Flakes in the kitchen when I was a kid and that’s on the radio.

    It is so good to have you back. This blog is one of the very few places on the Interwebs that is always worth the trip.

  2. psychobabble says:

    Just came back to find you at it again….terrific. This was one of many bands that I discovered on MTV in the 80’s. I always loved the song, even if I’m not a huge fan of Richard Butler’s voice. Do you know if anyone has ever covered this song?

    • psychobabble says:

      I’m going to reply to my own question….Just took a look at youtube and found several covers, none of which moved me quite as much as the original.

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