Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Many Modes of Melba Moore #5

Artist: Melba Moore
LP: 7" single
Song: "I'm Not Gonna Let You Go" 
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Melba operates smoothly in Sade mode for the sleeve of her "I'm Not Gonna Let You Go" single, which spent 10 weeks on the Billboard R&B singles charts in the summer of 1987, peaking at #26. But the longer I look at the cover the more I'm seeing shades of Sheila E. It could be the eyeliner, perhaps the dangling diamond earring, or maybe it's the glove and silky sleeve, or the set of drums peeking out from the shadows in the background. In any case, Sade + Sheila E. basically equals '80s Lady R&B Frankenstein, if you ask me. And I mean that as a good thing.

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