I Had To Say It CD (1997)

Artist: Millie Jackson

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Label Southbound (uk)
SKU 60121965
UPC 029667378628
UPC 14 00029667378628
Format CD
Release Date 9/16/1997
Author Millie Jackson
Compilation Appearance Smooth Soul
Associated Artist/Work Hayes, Isaac
Associated Artist/Work John, Elton
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Ernie Winfrey; George Marino; Mary Beth McLemore; Steve Melton
Producer Millie Jackson; Brad Shapiro
CatalogID CDSEWM 086
Lable Name Southbound
Released 11/01/1993
Original Release 1980
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00029667378628
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Millie Jackson (vocals); Donna McElroy, Vicki Hampton, Yvonne Hodges, Lea Jane Berinati (background vocals).
Photographer: Ron Slenzak.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Clayton Ivey; Jimmy Johnson ; David Hood; Harrison Calloway; Mike Shannon ; Mickey Buckins; Randy McCormick; Roger Hawkins; Wayne Perkins; Ben Cauley; Charles Rose; Harvey Thompson; Ronnie Eades.
Over the years, Millie Jackson has often been compared to Etta James and Denise LaSalle -- and both are valid comparisons. Another frequent comparison is Gladys Knight, who was a major influence on Jackson. But while Knight and Jackson have a similar vocal texture, you would never hear Knight delivering the type of sexually explicit monologues that Jackson became known for in the 1970s. Knight would never be as in your face as Jackson, whose wild sense of humor serves her well on I Had to Say It. This 1980 LP gets off to a hilarious and irreverent start with the title song, a rap number that finds Jackson attacking everyone from welfare queens to black men who refuse to date black women. Influenced by early rappers like the Sugarhill Gang and the Sequence, "I Had to Say It" sounds quite dated today but was bold for 1980 -- back then, most R&B singers were afraid to tackle hip-hop. However, the title song isn't representative of the album on the whole; soul singing is Jackson's primary focus, and the vocalist is in good form on gritty soul offerings like "Somebody's Love Died Here Last Night," "Fancy This," and a remake of the Dobie Gray hit "Lovin' Arms." Jackson gets into more of a disco/pop groove on "Ladies First," but this is a soul album first and foremost. Although I Had to Say It isn't among Jackson's essential releases, it's a solid, respectable outing that her hardcore fans will appreciate. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 I Had To Say It
2 Loving Arms '81
3 Medley: Rap '81/Stranger/The Rap '81 (Reprise): The Rap' 81 / Stranger / The Rap' 81 (Reprise)
4 I Ain't No Glory Story
5 It's Gonna Take Some Time This Time
6 Fancy This
7 Ladies First
8 Somebody's Love Died Here Last Night
9 You Owe Me That Much

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