Living Color

Thank The Lord For Love / Gotta Strange Feeling

Madhatter : 4391

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  • Artist: Living Color
  • A Side: Thank The Lord For Love
  • B Side: Gotta Strange Feeling
  • Label: Madhatter
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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What a superb under-played Northern Soul classic "Thank The Lord For Love" is. A 45 that is now firmly back in the NS public's eye, with the gritty Crossover flipside picking up plays from "outside the box" DJ's backtracking into our past,
highlighting what we missed back in those heady days of the mid-70's. When confusion reigned with all genres of dance-Soul thrown into the Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca & Cleethorpes Pier melting-pot of DJ turntable choices.

"Thank The Lord For Love " was such an obviously perfect NS dancer. The soon to be student of Norman Whitfield at Motown, this was the work a young 17 year old writer, arranger, producer Mark Davis's; capturing the uplifting essence of Northern Soul completely. Opening up with a fanfare of aerial saxophone; with Mark's piano prowess driving the dance pulses, soon to be decorated by slick girl-group harmony. With the girls rebounding off each other in a seamless union of harmony. A recording saturated in hope of leaving loneliness behind, impending happiness is just a moment away. This feelgood optimism transfers itself straight onto the dancefloor just as much today as it did back in 1976/77.

But in the year 2019/20 it is "Gotta Strange Feeling" that has overtook the wonderful classic side to become the "thinking" DJ's choice. It's demand blossoming under the freedom of the Sunday Chill Out sessions, imaginative internet displays during lockdown and of course the DJ's at the allnight clubs who investigate forgotten flipsides and back their own judgement of dancefloor response. I have no idea which DJ was the first to give this flipside his full support, but respect to you.

Former teammate of Mel Britt and Eugene Smiley, Ray Foreman composes a gritty, shouty, funky edged dance groove for this tight n'together sister gathering to get their teeth in to. The girls give up endless impressive vocal peaks through this journey of rejection. Again Mark Davis's keyboard leadership propels the session deep into today's Northern Soul territory. Aggressive at times, but cleverly partitioned by a well timed walking pace, exquisitely pitched solo statement, steeped in realization and impending freedom.

Two differing but top-drawer tunes from the streets Chicago that became the springboard for the teenage Mark Davis highly successful musical career.

Condition Report

Two unblemished "Pink" labels, vinyl reveals only very soft sleeve storage hairlines when angled in he light.

A Side

  • Title: Thank The Lord For Love

    B Side

  • Title: Gotta Strange Feeling
  • Year: 1971
  • City: Chicago, Il