This is a very recent find for me. For The Sake Of Love is Donna Washington's debut solo album on Capitol Records. 1981's Going For The Glow has already appeared at Divas Need Love Too! For The Sake Of Love came the year before Going For The Glow and in my opinion Washington's vocals are more emotive and soulful here than on that later album. Washington radiates youthful exuberance similar to Evelyn King or Stephanie Mills. However, unlike those singers, as an interpreter Washington can sometimes sound precocious and inexperienced, particularly on the ballads. While it boasts solid production and top-notch players, the songs are only average. "Didn't You Know" is an uptempo that resembles Patrice Rushen's "Haven't You Heard" in theme and melody. "Much More Than Friends" features a lead vocal that probably shows off Washington's range more than the other tracks. "Innocent" is a preachy, strings-drenched ballad with a deep soul intro that sounds like it was lifted from the soundtrack of a 70s blaxploitation film.There is also a pleasant but too-faithful cover of the Chicago hit "If You Leave Me Now".
Side One First Things First Coming In For A Landing I'll Let Nothing Separate Us Innocent
Side Two Didn't You Know Much More Than Friends If You Leave Me Now For The Sake Of Love