Anita Ward hails from that hotbed of Southern Soul music Memphis, TN, and
unsurprisingly started her association with music from an early age. Having
honed her strong soprano voice singing Gospel in Memphis, Anita recorded
with the Rust College A Capella Choir before going on to record with her own
Gospel quartet. Anita then concentrated on a career as a teacher but her
vocal talents could not be denied so before long her manager had turned her
on to song-writer/producer Frederick Knight (who himself had a substantial
R&B crossover hit in 1972 with ‘I’ve Been Lonely For So Long’ on the Stax
imprint) and Knight was so impressed with Anita’s talents that the initial
session progressed into a full albums worth of material.
The result of those sessions produced Anita’s debut LP SONGS OF LOVE (R&B
#2 /Pop #8) and a deal with the legendary label T.K. Records was struck. The
majority of the tracks on the album are mid-tempo grooves and stunning
ballads which Anita owns with her warm soprano voice. Anita’s performance
on this record strongly compliments the very assured song-writing and
production from Knight with the stand out tracks being ‘Spoiled By Your
Love’ and ‘There’s No Doubt About It’.
Despite having a very strong set of songs it was decided that the album was
missing a final track so Knight re-worked a song he had written for a
previous project and presented it to Anita. She was initially sceptical about
the track but the song was recorded with Knight being one of the first to use
synth-drums at that time. That track was the now legendary ‘Ring My Bell’,
which became the albums only US single. ‘Ring My Bell’ was an instant hit
and up-tempo disco classic which eclipsed the success of Donna Summer’s
‘Hot Stuff’ and Sister Sledges ‘We Are Family’ in the summer of 1979 by
reaching the pinnacle across all of the main Billboard singles charts, securing
an R&B, Pop and Disco #1 and selling over a million copies in the process,
propelling Songs Of Love into the Billboard top ten. The song also topped
charts internationally reaching #1 in New Zealand, Norway and the UK.
BBR is very proud to bring you SONGS OF LOVE, completely re-mastered and
repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus
SONGS OF LOVE is essential for all R&B, Soul and Disco fans out there!
1. MAKE BELIEVE LOVERS
2. IF I COULD FEEL THAT OLD FEELING
3. SPOILED BY YOUR LOVE
4. I WON’T STOP LOVING YOU
5. RING MY BELL
6. SWEET SPLENDOUR
7. THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
8. YOU LIED
9. RING MY BELL (Single Version)
10. MAKE BELIEVE LOVERS (Single Version)
Label : Big Break records
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