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Prior to this record, Frazier was known as a soul-jazz-funk Hammond organist, playing in Lou Donaldson's group and issuing organ albums on his own. It was thus somewhat of a surprise that this 1978 record was disco-laden soul, with Frazier spotlighted as a singer (and writer) rather than as an instrumentalist. Maybe it wasn't that surprising, actually; organ jazz, or even organ soul, wasn't in demand in the late 1970s, but since disco was, it made commercial sense that Frazier, who had the voice and material that were adaptable to the format, would give it a shot. That doesn't mean it was worthy of getting reissued, however. It's boring, late-1970s soul -- not exactly hardcore disco, but certainly utilizing disco-influenced beats and backing tracks. There's a slick, late-Philly soul feel, co-arranged by Frazier and David Van De Pette, who had arranged Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. The Westbound reissue adds two bonus tracks: the previously unissued "Gonna Lay It on Ya" and the seven-inch edit of "Till Another Day." ~ Richie Unterberger