In 1975 Motown released this self-titled platter on Leslie Uggams. Motown was always attempting to bring well-established pop and cabaret stars under its umbrella, with mixed results. Uggams, in particular, had a very vanilla image that probably impressed Motown as a means to make her a 'crossover' star. However, Leslie Uggams is very Motown-ish and soulful, and some of it suits Uggams well. "I Was The Life Of The Party" is a spirited melodrama about pretending to be alright in the face of profound heartbreak (ala "The Greatest Performance Of My Life"). It has a driving beat similar to what HDH would have done with Honeycone at Invictus. "I've Got A Jones On You" is a moody ballad with a very 70s string arrangement. It's an interesting fit for Uggams as it requires her to suppress the innate exuberance in her voice to sound forlorn and somewhat desperate. The standout is the silky "I Want To Make It Easy For You", a sultry come-on with a vague Curtis-Mayfield flavor. Overall, Leslie Uggams doesn't exhibit much crossover potential but it certainly showcases a more mature, soulful side of Uggams.
Side 1 I Was The Life Of The Party I Want To Make It Easy For You This One-Sided Love Meet Me Tonight The Show Must Go On
Side 2 Dn't Know What You Got Till You Lose It I've Got A Jones On You Next Stop Heaven Two Shoes Old Fashioned Girl