Gladys - Love
Here's a great soul record I bought this weekend, Gladys' "Love" on O-Gee Records out of New York. It seems to be one of the few soul records that actually mentions the date it was released, 1967. From what I have been able to gather via the internet, Gladys was actually Gay Jamison.
"Love" is a solid mid-tempo soul tune with some nice touches behind it, courtesy of a xylophone, a smokey saxophone sound, and the occassional piano line. The music is up in the mix, but never overpowers the vocals, which are really nice and smooth. In fact, there's a real soothing quality to the whole affair, even when the song gathers a bit more intensity in the middle. A quality tune.