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!
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.
Vicki Lawrence: Newborn Woman
Windmill Record Company, 1979
Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Don’t Stop The Music” (Norman Sallitt)
2. “It’s Always Been You” (Dick St. John/Mark Gibbons/Sandy St. John)
3. “Midnight Robbery” (Bill Green/Mark Burdick)
4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” (Norman Sallitt)
5. “Star Love” (Dick St. John/Sandy St. John/Gary Zekley/Mark Gibbons)
6. “Your Lies” (Timothy Blixset)
7. “Baby When You’re Near Me” (Norman Sallitt)
8. “Just One Time” (Norman Sallitt/Ted Glasser)
9. “Newborn Woman” (Al Capps/Mary Dean)
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.
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