This week’s Sunday Slow jams post is extra large. I’ve almost doubled the number of songs from the usual thirteen to twenty-five. If you ever listen to music like I do, you find other songs that pop in your mind while listening to a song. That is what happened here. This week’s mix features a lot of different songs, as well as a triple play from The Whispers, and a few songs that try to imitate the great Marvin Gaye, as well as one from Gaye himself. Settle in for a true Quiet Storm experience.
The songs in this mega-playlist of slow jams:
- “Seduction” by Boney James
- “A Little More” by Merna
- “If You Don’t Believe” by Deniece Williams
- “When You Touch Me” by Skyy
- “My Door” by Darien
- “It Might Be You” by Roberta Flack
- “You’ve Got It” by Simply Red
- “One Love” by Bobby Caldwell
- “Memories” by The Temptations
- “Hey You” by Symba
- “You Send Me” by Roy Ayers (featuring Carla Vaughn)
- “Say You (Would Love For Me Too)” by The Whispers
- “Are You Going My Way” by The Whispers
- “In The Mood” by The Whispers
- “Come Live With Me Angel” by Marvin Gaye
- “Another Chance” by El DeBarge
- “Your Body” by Jay “Slique” Adams
- “Come Over” by Sandra St. Victor
- “Candlelight & You” by Chanté Moore (featuring Keith Washington)
- “You Just Don’t Know” by Phyllis Hyman
- “Real Love” by Stephanie Mills
- “Settle For My Love” by Patrice Rushen
- “Concentrate On You” by L.T.D.
- “Darlin'” by Jimmy Abney
- “Midnight And You” by Love Unlimited Orchestra
Some notes on these songs: Merna’s “A Little More” and Darien’s “My Door” were songs I held on to during the times when I felt low and needed some hope; the lyrics from “My Door” resonate even more now that I’m in a relationship. Flack’s cover of Steven Bishop’s hit from the movie Tootsie is a favorite of mine; I love the song’s laid back feel and how she takes her time getting through it. Some songs work simply, others work with lots of room and her take on the 80’s hit works that way. The Roy Ayers cover of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” almost suffers from overkill, both in length and in vocal pyrotechnics from Carla Vaughn, but it worked for a different generation of listeners to hear the two stretch the tune out. “Memories” by The Temptations is here because of recent news of the illness of Dennis Edwards, the lead singer on this track. Edwards was in and out of group over the years, and recently was leading a group with his name out front doing Temptations songs. He featured on many of the group’s greatest hits from the late 60s through the mid 70s, notably “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next To You,” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Here’s hoping Edwards gets well soon.
The Whispers have been around seemingly forever, and while the group is now down to a trio (Walter and Wallace “Scotty” Scott, and Leavil Degree), they still are performing here and there. Member Nicholas Caldwell, who passed away in 2016, was responsible for writing many of the group’s slow jam classics. He’s responsible for the first two of the triple play dedicated to them here (the third was written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds). As long as folks love quiet storm songs, The Whispers classic songs written by Caldwell will certainly be featured.
The Marvin Gaye imitators (El DeBarge, Jay “Slique” Adams) have a ways to go to compete with the master. DeBarge’s “Another Chance was produced by Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire, and includes a shout-out towards the fade to Marvin’s “Come Live With Me Angel” (the song that precedes it on this list). Adams basically cops to almost every Gaye trick in the book in his vocal, and he wears the influence on his sleeve, but it’s still a good song, in my opinion. Finally, I figured no less than Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra should take this to a conclusion with the fine (mostly instrumental) “Midnight And You.”
I’ve included the link to the Spotify playlist for this week’s post (“Hey You” by Symba is missing) if you subscribe to the service:
I hope you enjoy this week’s extended Sunday Slow Jam playlist, and thanks for reading and listening.