Hip-O Select is about to make a lot of 1970’s soul fans very hap­py with a reis­sue of Barry White’s clas­sic debut album, I’ve Got So Much To Give.  For those who haven’t heard it, it’s a man­i­festo of sym­phon­ic bed­room soul and does a beau­ti­ful job of defin­ing his style: breathy bas­so-pro­fun­do vocals, creamy orches­tra­tions and jazzy, funky rhythms cre­at­ed by the best soul-music ses­sion musos in the biz.  The orig­i­nal CD of this title is long out-of-print and com­mands high prices on the collector’s mar­ket so this new disc will be a relief for those who missed out.  Better yet, it’s a true collector’s edi­tion, com­plete with lin­er notes and a pair of rare instru­men­tal b-sides.


After near­ly 40 years, Barry White remains the Maestro of Love. He burst on the scene in 1973, an unlike­ly sex sym­bol with the deep­est voice in cre­ation. His debut album, I’ve Got So Much To Give, was just five songs long – deep, med­i­ta­tive, orig­i­nal funk with an ear for the bed­room, high­light­ed by the hit sin­gle “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby.” Yet that album, which also includ­ed a strik­ing cov­er of the Four Tops’ “Standing in the Shadows Of Love,” has been cru­el­ly out of print for far too long.

Now, on the heels of the acclaimed box set, Unlimited, Hip-oSelect.com proud­ly re-releas­es Barry White’s clas­sic debut on CD, this time with two rare bonus cuts: the orig­i­nal instru­men­tal mix­es of “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby” and “I’ve Got So Much To Give,” which were pre­vi­ous­ly avail­able only as sin­gle B-sides. Supervised by long­time White musi­cal direc­tor Jack Perry, the disc is new­ly remas­tered and includes in its book­let a brief intro­duc­to­ry essay by Perry, who writes:

Barry wrote the­se songs for a yet-to-be-dis­cov­ered artist he was going to pro­duce. When he cut them with his own voice for ref­er­ence, BW real­ized that he was that artist. The rest is his­to­ry: the open­ing of a door to the genius of Barry White.”


SITE SHIP DATE: 3/5/2010

1. Standing In The Shadows Of Love

2. Bring Back My Yesterday

3. I’ve Found Someone

4. I’ve Got So Much To Give

5. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby

6. Bonus Track: Just A Little More, Baby (Instrumental)

7. Bonus Track: I’ve Got So Much to Give (Instrumental)

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