Pioneering Ensemble’s 20th Century Records Albums Remastered from Original Masters
Music legend Barry White released his first solo album with 20th Century Records in 1973. His string of hugely successful singles and albums established him as music’s leading pioneer of orchestral soul, a genre that became a staple in the 1970s and beyond. Backing his work throughout his seven years with the label was Love Unlimited Orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble conducted by White himself. Their biggest single, 1973’s “Love’s Theme,” went to No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 10 in the U.K. White also produced releases for the label by the female vocal trio, Love Unlimited, whose 1975 single “I Belong To You” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart.
On March 29th, Mercury/UMe will release a new 7 CD box set, Love Unlimited Orchestra: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979). On the same date, Mercury/UMe will release new vinyl LP reissues for three of the group’s albums, plus two albums by Love Unlimited, the female vocal trio produced by Barry White. The Love Unlimited Orchestra box set brings together, for the first time, all seven albums the group recorded for the label, newly remastered from their original analog master tapes for the first time since their 1970s debuts. The albums are presented with their original sleeve and label art for the 7 CD box set and for the new vinyl LP reissues. The five vinyl LPs were cut at Abbey Road Studios and pressed on high quality 180-gram vinyl to guarantee optimal audio quality.
Mercury/UMe’s Barry White/20th Century Records reissue program was launched in 2018 with box set releases of White’s remastered solo albums and singles from his tenure with the label. 15 years since his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 58, the global campaign honors Barry White’s legendary career by restoring these classic albums and presenting them together.
From A Girl’s Point Of View We Give To You... Love Unlimited is the debut studio album of American soul vocal trio Love Unlimited, released in 1972 on UNI Records. Produced by Barry White, for whom the trio served as a backing group at the time, the album was arranged by White and conductor Gene Page. The album produced the hit single “Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 6 on Billboard’s Soul Singles chart.
In Heat is the third studio album by Love Unlimited. Released in 1974 on 20th Century Records, the album charted at No. 15 on the Billboard R&B chart, while the single “I Belong To You” hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart in 1975. Also included: the sought-after vocal version of “Love’s Theme.”
Rhapsody In White is Love Unlimited Orchestra’s 1973 debut studio album. It was a huge success for the Barry White-led group, led by the “Love’s Theme” single, their signature song that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album, which also includes the bedroom classic “Midnight And You” featuring Barry White’s distinctive vocal, peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
White Gold is Love Unlimited Orchestra’s third LP and their second of 1974 (following the Together Brothers soundtrack album). The album peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and it featured “Satin Soul,” which reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
My Sweet Summer Suite is Love Unlimited Orchestra’s fifth LP, released in 1976, the same year that Barry White released his seminal Let The Music Play LP. The LP’s title song was a No. 1 Dance Chart smash, while its new pressing features the original long version of “Strange Games & Things,” a track which has become a cult favorite for hip-hop fans and producers.
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