It’s time for another edition of Sunday Slow Jams, where your humble blogger tries to re-create the Quiet Storm shows of his memories. Granted, I don’t usually go for four or five hours like those shows did (and still do), but I try to give an idea of what it was like to hear those classic R&B/soul slow songs that still stand the test of time to this day. All that’s missing is my voice in between the songs (and maybe one day, when I figure out how to do that without losing my financial shirt, it will happen). For now though, I present the songs, and you decide whether it’s good or not.
Many years ago, when I was in my younger years and still had hair, I would have to make an occasional trip to the local barber shop. The shop was usually full of people waiting to get haircuts, or have their hair trimmed or get a shave. A lot of those older men I would have to listen to, because the shop had a “first come, first served” policy. I remember usually grumbling if I showed up with a bunch of people there, especially the older men, because you knew they would take a while to get their haircut and a shave. But one thing I did like was hearing the stories they would tell.
One of the older gentlemen who fancied himself something of a ladies’ man would often say that the second half of the Isley Brothers’ 1975 album The Heat Is On was the perfect soundtrack for lovemaking. Whether that is true or not, I cannot confirm; I’ve never had it playing in that setting. That isn’t to say the songs wouldn’t work as a soundtrack for that particular activity. In tribute to that story, and also as a call-back to a feature I have heard on Quiet Storm radio shows in the past, I’ve put all three of those songs in the middle of the playlist. The radio station would call it the Triple Play, and it may still be a feature today. The Triple Play features three songs by the same artist consecutively. So this week, I’ve given that spotlight to the Isley Brothers.
Here are the songs in this week’s listing. Boney James’ “Seduction” serves as the theme song for these posts, so it leads off. If you can’t play any of the songs, feel free to seek them out elsewhere.
- “Seduction” by Boney James
- “No One Can Love You More” by Phyllis Hyman
- “Stay In My Corner” by The Dells
- “He’s Not Good Enough” by Solo
- “Your Love Is King” by Sade
- “For The Love Of You” by The Isley Brothers
- “Sensuality” by The Isley Brothers
- “Make Me Say It Again Girl” by The Isley Brothers
- “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” by Mint Condition
- “Night Games” by Stephanie Mills
- “Love’s Train” by Con Funk Shun
- “Don’t Say Goodbye” by Walter Beasley
- “Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” by Luther Vandross
For those in the U.S. with Spotify, the playlist can be found here also:
Hope you enjoy this playlist, and thanks for reading and listening.