After an astounding 2018 for Barry White reissues, including a box of remastered albums as well as complete singles sets for not only himself but girl group Love Unlimited and backing group The Love Unlimited Orchestra, UMe is preparing more "White gold" for fans next month.
This time, The Love Unlimited Orchestra's first seven albums will be collected as The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) on March 29. White sumptuous arrangements for the orchestra were readily apparent on his own solo smashes, but it was with the Love Unlimited Orchestra that he earned his first pop success, when the swirling "Love's Theme" (like all the Orchestra's output, an instrumental) topped the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1974.
For the next five years, the orchestral romance continued at an even pace with White's own solo albums, with additional classics like "Satin Soul" and "My Sweet Summer Suite" impacting the pop and dance charts. The Love Unlimted Orchestra's last release for 20th Century Records (before White moved his whole operation to the CBS-distributed Unlimited Gold imprint) was the delightfully-titled Super Movie Themes...Just a Little Bit Different, which tackled score cues from Superman, Grease, the 1976 remake of King Kong and others.
With the last four albums making their CD debuts, this set is a must-own for fans - and vinyl lovers can get into the fun, too, with new LP editions of three Love Unlimited Orchestra albums (Rhapsody In White, White Gold and My Sweet Summer Suite) as well as two new pressings of the Love Unlimited vocal albums From a Girl's Point Of View We Give To You...Love Unlimited (1972) and In Heat (1974). All vinyl titles were cut at Abbey Road Studios and will be available on 180-gram vinyl the same day as the new CD box.
The Love Unlimited Orchestra, The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) (Mercury/UMe, 2019)
7CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Rhapsody In White LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
White Gold LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
My Sweet Summer Suite LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Disc 1: Rhapsody In White (originally released as 20th Century Records T-433, 1973)
Disc 2: Together Brothers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (originally released as 20th Century Records ST-101, 1974)
Disc 3: White Gold (originally released as 20th Century Records T-458, 1974)
Disc 4: Music Maestro Please (originally released as 20th Century Records T-480, 1975)
Disc 5: My Sweet Summer Suite (originally released as 20th Century Records T-517, 1976)
Disc 6: My Musical Bouquet (originally released as 20th Century Records T-554, 1978)
Disc 7: Super Movie Themes...Just a Little Bit Different (originally released as 20th Century Records T-582, 1979)
Love Unlimited, From a Girl's Point of View We Give To You...Love Unlimited (originally released as UNI Records 73131, 1972) Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Love Unlimited, In Heat (originally released as 20th Century Records T-443, 1974) Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
What's up with a legit CD reissue of Love Unlimited's other 20th century album, and does UMe have the rights/plans for White's Unlimited Gold label catalogue as was once hinted?
Fully agree about the Love Unlimited 20th Century albums. Long overdue.
Guy Bradley says
Three years on and still no sign of a set of Love Unlimited 20th Century albums on CD. Under the Influence... has never been officially released on CD, although I managed to obtain an unofficial release from Brazil. It would be great to have a properly remastered set though. One reason it hasn't happened could be the huge fire that destroyed a number of master tapes many years ago. I wonder whether Under the Influence was amongst them.
Bill Janowski says
Wouldn't mind winning this - any contests??
Robert Lett says
Got it this week and I am really loving this, Wish they would do liner notes but still really digging it.