LINER NOTES & ESSAYS

As a writer and music lover, fewer endeavors bring me more gratification than writing liner notes or essays that document the history of an album. Since 2010, I've penned more than 160 liner notes for CD re-issues of classic soul, R&B, pop, jazz, and disco by a number of labels, including Big Break Records (BBR), Cherry Red, Gold Legion, Demon Music Group, among others. For each essay, I interview the artist (when available), plus key personnel, including songwriters, producers, and musicians. I tell the story through their words and point of view. Below is just a sample of some of the re-issues that include my essays. Click on the cover and you'll see who I interviewed for the re-issue and when the album was re-released. Underneath the description, I've provided a link where you can find more information about where to get the re-issue.  Click here to hear/view Qool DJ Marv's musical mix of my liner notes portfolio.

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THE O'JAYS: Back Stabbers

original label: Philadelphia International (1972) re-issue label: Big Break Records (2011) interviews with Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, Thom Bell, Phil Hurtt, Bunny Sigler, Bobby Eli The O'Jays debuted on Gamble & Huff's PIR label with the "Back Stabbers" album, a seminal release in Philly soul that included the hit title track and "Love Train" plus classic album cuts like "Sunshine" and "Who Am I." A privilege to interview Eddie, Walter, and some of the great figures behind Philly soul.

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