JR BAILEY | Just Me 'N' You

JR BAILEY

just me 'n' you


Label: Be With
Cat No: BEWITH081LP

Status: INBOUND

jazz LP reissue remastered single soul


TRACKLIST

A1. After Hours
A2. Heaven On Earth
A3. Just Me 'N' You
A4. She Called Me
A5. Cute As A Button
B1. Love, Love, Love
B2. I'll Always Be Your Lover
B3. All Strung Out Over You
B4. Not Too Long Ago
B5. Everything I Want I See In You

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RELEASE NOTES

A dramatic, string-drenched epic, James Ralph Bailey's Just Me 'N' You has been a sought-after soul masterpiece for decades. A lush suite of beautiful songs, it was conceived as a concept album; a sophisticated paean to love. Originally released by MAM Records in 1974, Just Me 'N' You is a breathtaking jazzy soul album. It's similar in style to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On - particularly the performances, orchestrations and chord progressions - but dealing with a different universal subject matter. If What's Going On was about romance instead of politics, it would sound like this.

Fans of Marvin, Leon Ware, Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson and Willie Hutch will love this record. Not as well known - this is definitely an underrated gem - the work of James Ralph Bailey is no less mind-blowing. It's got to be one of the best soul albums of all time. The original productions were made on a basic home tape machine and enhanced with strings, rhythmic overdubs and a variety of other instrumentation. These are beautiful arrangements of strings and jazzy horns. Rhythm guitars and bouncy bass serve as the groove foundation, congas provide a Latin feel whilst the vibraphone and harmonica add colour. And then of course there's JR's voice. His style recalls Hathaway, with a delivery akin to Marvin at the time. As he scats and sings, accompanying himself in sweet harmonies, there is still a rawness of pain and longing in his voice, the rawness familiar to all deep soul.