Maxine Nightingale - Bittersweet (Vinyl, LP, Album) 1980 MP3/Flac

Maxine Nightingale - Bittersweet (Vinyl, LP, Album) 1980
British diva Maxine Nightingale got her start singing at 16 and as a teenager recorded several singles for Pye records. Nightingale branched out into musical theater and in the mid-70s landed a recording contract with United Artists records. The U.S. market has been notoriously tough to crack for black British artists, but Nightingale made significant headway here. In 1979, Maxine Nightingale was the first black British female artist to chart twice in the U.S. Pop Top 5, a feat that was matched in the mid-80s by Sade Adu. She did it first in 1976 with the uptempo "Right Back Where We Started From" and then in 1979 with the lovely ballad "Lead Me On." Bittersweet followed her success with "Lead Me On". Helmed by Denny Diante and arranged by Michel Colombier, Bitterwseet wisely eschews Nightingale's 70s disco aesthetic for a very sophisticated, synthesized 80s pop sound. Nightingale is an engaging vocal presence who fits nicely in a cross-genre setting -- a pop artist who is not too soulful but enough so to give the music some spice. Surprisingly, there appears to have been no effort made to duplicate the success of the ballad "Lead Me On", Bittersweet is mostly mid-to-uptempo. Album opener "Take My Heart" is probably the most likely single prospect on the album but it doesn't spark like her earlier hits. "Never Enough" is 6 minutes plus and changes tempo throughout. The first third of the song is a soulful ballad and it breaks into an uptempo for another third, shifts back to a ballad and ends as an uptempo. It would be great if the song were more interesting lyrically or melodically. The standouts here are the breezy "I'm Giving It All To You" and "Why Did You Turn Me On", both sounding like 80s Pointer Sisters tracks.

Maxine Nightingale ‎– Bittersweet
RCA Victor ‎– AFL1-3528
Vinyl, LP, Album
Funk / Soul

A1 Take Your Heart
Written-By – Willis*, Lasley* 4:10
A2 I'm Givin' It All To You
Written-By – Nightingale* 3:57
A3 Work On It
Written-By – Wood* 3:25
A4 Just Because
Written-By – Wedroff*, Sitoussi* 5:12
B1 All Night With Me
Written-By – Montan* 3:30
B2 Never Enough
Written-By – Willis*, Roberts* 6:40
B3 Tight Spot
Written-By – Anderson*, Colombier* 3:50
B4 Why Did You Turn Me On
Written-By – Willis*, Rustici*, Walden* 3:54

Arranged By – Michel Colombier
Art Direction – George Corsillo, Gribbitt*, Tim Bryant (2)
Backing Vocals – Allee Willis, Bruce Roberts, David Lasley, Jim Haas, Jon Joyce, Marcy Levy, Maxine Nightingale, Stan Farber
Bass – Abraham Laboriel, Bobby Watson, Eddie Watkins Jr.*, Jerry Knight
Design – George Corsillo, Gribbitt*
Drums – John Robinson (2), Larry Tolbert, Steve Schaeffer
Engineer – Jerry Hudgins, Ron Malo, Russel Schmidt*
Guitar – Glen Nightingale*, Greg Moore, Thom Rotella
Keyboards – Michel Colombier
Other [Lonely Nights And Sanity] – Daniel Saidi
Percussion – Paulinho DaCosta*
Photography By – Jonathan Exley
Producer – Denny Diante
Synthesizer – Michael Boddicker, Michel Colombier

Produced for Coldeye Productions
Recorded and mixed at Devonshire Sound Studios
Additional recording at Sound Connection and Hollywood Sound
(C) 1980 Windsong Records, Inc.
(P) 1980 United Artists Records Limited (issued under licence from

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News article is edited by: GROVER - 10-01-2015, 22:38