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Love Is Strange


Download links and information about Love Is Strange by Phil Upchurch. This album was released in 1995 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Crossover Jazz genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 54:58 minutes.

Artist: Phil Upchurch
Release date: 1995
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Crossover Jazz
Tracks: 11
Duration: 54:58
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No. Title Length
1. Winds of Change (feat. Mavis Staples) (featuring Mavis Staples) 5:16
2. Midnight Blue 6:11
3. It's My Thing 4:56
4. Love Is Strange (feat. Chaka Khan) (featuring Chaka Khan) 3:54
5. Knock On Wood (feat. Chaka Khan) (featuring Chaka Khan) 4:46
6. The Long Way Home 6:25
7. Blues for J.O.S. (feat. Bob Malach) (featuring Bob Malach) 4:26
8. I'll Just Keep Holding On (feat. The Steeles) (featuring The Steeles) 4:15
9. Leave No Child (feat. Mavis Staples) (featuring Mavis Staples) 5:36
10. It Was Groovy In There (feat. Ben Sidran, Bob Malach, Gege Telesforo) (featuring Gegè Telesforo / Gege Telesforo, Ben Sidran, Bob Malach) 3:46
11. Bee's Blues 5:27



One of the most remarkable things about guitar hero Phil Upchurch's output from 1961 to the present day is that it's remarkably consistent. No matter the style, whether it is R&B, soul, jazz, blues, funk, rock, or smooth jazz, he's on it and in it. This date from 1995 is no exception. Upchurch teams up with Ben Sidran — who acts as both producer and vocalist — for a remarkably tasty and mellow date of shimmering jazz and contemporary soul. The opening track, "Winds of Change," features a stunning vocal performance from Mavis Staples. Her voice, heading for the rafters, is allowed to break and crack naturally (thank God Quincy Jones didn't produce this; he would have had her sounding like she was doing an ad for satin sheets); it blends nicely with Upchurch's understated, graceful playing. Staples delves deep into the lyric for meaning and puts in front of the band, who floats it out transcendentally. On the funked up blues of "It's My Thing," Upchurch pops notes with a greasy fury. His vocals, limited though they are in range, are perfectly suited to the arpeggiated funk-blues. In the title track Upchurch slips in for the voodoo blues kill with Chaka Khan using her smoky, alluring voice to bring home a dark, sensual lyric. Upchurch uses both acoustic and electric guitars to bring in an undertow of conflicting, sexual emotions. The finest track on the album, however, is "It Was Groovy in There," with Sidran on vocals. It's actually a remake of Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo" with lyrics. Upchurch glides through the knotty, angular melody with Sidran doing his best Jack Kerouac. The matching arpeggios, the long, staccato melody lines, and Upchurch's burning, slippery solo offer a large tapestry for Sidran to sing from, and place his accents and diction in the right spaces. While it's true that Love Is Strange may be among Upchurch's slickest records, it's nonetheless a rewarding one.