Songwriter Dees kende zijn commerciële hoogtijdagen in de jaren 80, met
hitsongs voor Atlantic Starr en Whitney Houston, maar sinds Ace is
begonnen met het blootleggen van zijn demo’s en singles van een
decennium eerder kennen we hem als groot, heel groot soulzanger. Op dit
derde deel weer een enorme variatie, van het hartverscheurende Singing
In Poverty tot en met het zeer dansbare Total Love.
With the release of the various artists CD “One In A Million: The Songs
Of Sam Dees”, his “Take One” vinyl album and a fast-selling single, Sam
Dees has been a fixture of the Kent schedule these last 12 months.
Back in the 90s we issued two very popular CD collections of his work as
a recording artist and songwriter for Clinton Moon’s Showtime
Productions in the 70s. Some of the tracks were demo recordings, and
some were finished masters, possibly intended for release on what would
have been his second album.
Since then, enough tapes of similar quality have come to light for us
compile a third CD collection of his Showtime recordings – including a
few titles featured on various artists compilations, a couple of
alternate takes of tracks from Sam’s “The Show Must Go On” album, and
‘Married, But I’m Still In Love’, which debuted on our “Take One” LP.
Previously unheard compositions include the ballads ‘We’ve Got To Get It
Together’ and the sparse but beautiful ‘Child’s Play’, while ‘Today Is A
New Day’ and ‘Singing In Poverty’ represent the awakening of Sam’s
social consciousness. There are uptempo offerings, ideal for the
dancefloor, such as ‘Total Love’, ‘A Case Of The Boogie’ and the sensual
‘Gimme A Little Action’, and just plain great Sam Dees-penned songs
like ‘I’m Your Biggest Fan’ and ‘What Good Is A Love’.
Songs Sam’s fans will recognise include alternate mixes of ‘So Tied Up’
and ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ from his “The Show Must Go On” LP. There is
also a new version of Alpaca Phase Three’s ‘Someone To Run To’,
featuring a previously unheard Sam rap, and ‘Touch Me With Your Love’,
which is more than a minute longer than earlier released version.
(TEKST: ace records)