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R&B - Released January 1, 1979 | A&M

Uptempo rump shakers outnumber L.T.D.'s crushing ballads on this adequate but unessential release; the killer tracks can be found on various greatest hits compilations. The fast jams are bass-heavy, flyweight funk pieces. "One on One" is upbeat and gritty, while "Stand Up L.T.D." is a rousing, opening-type signature song that competes with the infectious "Dance 'N' Sing 'N'" for the LP's best groove. The few ballads are supreme, creamy concoctions done majestically by Osborne: "Share" and "Stranger" couldn't have been executed better. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Funk - Released May 23, 1978 | A&M

Now two steps away from the soulful funk of 1976's Love to the World LP, L.T.D. were nevertheless still cast firmly in their mold, a foothold that would last until vocalist (and drummer) Jeffrey Osborne's departure in 1980 for his own lengthy, and successful, solo career. In the meantime, though, the group would take four albums into the charts, including 1978's Togetherness. While still a delicious blend of the fiery beats and earnest soul the band was expected to deliver, Togetherness showcased a sound that was beginning to favor the more commercially viable strains of R&B. Heard forcefully across the energetic "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)," with its understated horns and fat bassline, and the beautiful ballad "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love," this transition was still a treat in any form. Both tracks were textured vehicles for Osborne's to-die-for vocals -- and both peeled off the LP to give L.T.D. respective number one and number 19 hits. The rest of Togetherness wraps songs in the same vein around several snappy funk tracks, most notably "Jam," which is a classic old-school groove, and "Together Forever," which brings both horns and bass to the fore, while Osborne steps back and gruffs up his vocals. Such a blend would have seemed disparate in the hands of a lesser band, but L.T.D. were always able to create a marriage between sound and style with a sureness and warmth that never failed to please. And even though the funk was fading from this set, Togetherness still emerged a near-perfect album. ~ Amy Hanson
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R&B - Released January 1, 1977 | Budget (AM)

Producer Bobby Martin once said of L.T.D. that "they play well, they write well, their vocals are moving, and they have a special energy." He couldn't have been more correct. What they'd begun with their delicious mix of classic funk and heart-wrenching soul on 1976's breakthrough Love to the World LP, they furthered just a year later on Something to Love. Their sonic dexterity was well-appreciated, as the album shot to number one on the charts. L.T.D. again included a little something for everyone across this fantastic, elastic set. The opening "Age of the Showdown" is an eclectic and completely cohesive mix of funky bass and intricate guitar loops, dance rhythms and pop ethic, married to Jeffrey Osborne's remarkable vocals, which themselves swing from blistering funk inflections to bluesy call outs and on to sweet R&B breaks without missing a beat. Elsewhere, the chart-topping "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" is a sweet slab of funk given a run for its money by "Material Things," which revolves around John T. McGhee's outstanding basslines, while "We Party Hearty" weighs in with vibrant horns. And, of course, Something to Love wouldn't be worth its salt without a gorgeous Osborne ballad, captured here on "(Won't Cha) Stay With Me." The album stumbles only on "You Come First at Last" and "Make Someone Smile, Today!," as organist Billy Osborne steps behind the mike to handle the vocals. He's got a good voice, to be sure, but when slivered next to his brother Jeffrey, it's quickly apparent why he's the lead vocalist here. And despite that one glitch, this is still an outstanding effort and smooth blend, no matter how you cut it. Something to Love would mark some of L.T.D.'s last great funk material as they began to swing slowly into the waters of mellow R&B. ~ Amy Hanson
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Funk - Released January 1, 2000 | A&M

The Millennium Collection: The Best of L.T.D. gathers 12 of the California soul/funk outfit's biggest hits, including "We Party Hearty," "Love Ballad," and "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again." "Where Did We Go Wrong," "Shine On," and "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love" are some of the other highlights of this collection, which isn't quite as extensive as A&M's Greatest Hits, but still provides an entertaining dose of funk from one of the West Coast's finest acts. ~ Heather Phares
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Pop - Released January 1, 1988 | A&M

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R&B - Released January 1, 1976 | PSM

The Mizell Brothers (Larry and Fonce) put L.T.D. on the right track, after the self-contained unit had stagnated on two subpar albums. Jeffery Osborne sang lead, and the Mizells spotlighted the North Carolinian's powerful tenor. This album spawned the endearing, sentimental "Love Ballad," a majestic piece that Osborne crushes. L.T.D.'s Southern roots emerge on "Let the Music Keep Playing," a Southern-dipped tearjerker. The jazzy, joyous title track, "Love to the World," has a powerful message and gets a reprise as "Love to the World Prayer." Seven well-crafted tunes that never embarrass or make you want to skip to the next, originally released in 1976. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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R&B - Released January 1, 1980 | UME Special Products (AM Admin)

Since the group's first national hit "Love Ballad," Jeffrey Osborne had been the featured vocalist for LTD. However, this recording would be his last one with the group before pursuing a solo career. This album spawned two upstanding singles -- "Where Did We Go Wrong" and "Shine On" -- the fomer being a rhythmic ballad enhanced by some stylish background vocals, leaving Jeffrey Osborne substantial space to demonstrate his commanding vocal ability. In spite of having all the right ingredients to attain that number one status, the single peaked at number seven after 20 weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. It would be the group's last single to crack the Top Ten. The latter composition is arranged with noticeable crossover appeal augmented by Osborne's crooning vocals; the single peaked at 19 before fizzling out after 18 weeks. ~ Craig Lytle
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R&B - Released January 1, 1996 | A&M

Most of L.T.D.'s biggest singles -- including "Share My Love," "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)," "Where Did We Go Wrong," "Kickin' Back," "Love Ballad," and "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" -- are included on this single-disc collection, making it a fine retrospective of the late-'70s smooth soul band. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine