Prince Phillip Mitchell – Make It Good (1978/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:29 minutes | 985 MB | Genre: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic
The long-overdue full length debut from Phillip Mitchell an artist who cut some great singles over the course of the 70s and also wrote a fair bit of classics for other, bigger name acts! Phillip did some of his earlier work of the decade in both Memphis and Muscle Shoals but he also had a key relationship with Norman Connors as well, who helped Mitchell take his southern roots into even more sophisticated soul territory! Mitchell produced the album himself and arranged with Paul Riser and McKinley Jackson and the overall sound is a wonderful blend of deeply personal vocals with smoother mellow soul grooves a really top-shelf affair all the way through, and the kind of album that’s only finally getting its due many years later.
The first track on here, is the silky “Star in the Ghetto“, a tune that was also recorded by the Average White Band and Ben E. King. Mitchell stretches out his original version of this song to a delightful 7 minutes. Another the other highlights on this consistently good album are “Make It Good” and “Only Smoke Remains“, plus “One on One“, a song that definitely falls into the “should have been a massive hit” category.
01. Star In The Ghetto
02. You’re All I Got In The World
03. One On One
04. Falling From Heaven
05. You’ll Throw Bricks At Him
06. Make It Good
07. If I Can’t Be Your Man
08. Only Smoke Remains