Album: Leon Ware, Moon Ride, (Stax)

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Leon Ware did the bulk of the production work on Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You' album, so if you're familiar with that achy shimmer of silky soul, you already have some idea of what 'Moon Ride' sounds like.

There are no orchestras here, though, just the usual array of programmed drums, keyboards and guitar – a gently funking pastiche of the 'I Want You' vibe on the cheap. Ware's vocal style is about sub-Marv as you can imagine a voice being. Woooo baby, indeed.

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