Margie Joseph – Sweet Surrender (1974)

Margaret Marie “Margie” Joseph (born August 19, 1950) is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer. Margie Joseph was born in Gautier, Mississippi, and sang in her church choir.

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After a three year hiatus Margie Joseph surfaced on Atlantic Records smoother and more homogenized than she was at Stax. She signed to the Atlantic label and worked on three albums with producer Arif Mardin, winning her comparisons with Aretha Franklin. A string of R&B hits followed, with her version of Paul McCartney‘s “My Love” becoming her most successful record, reaching # 69 on the Hot 100 and # 10 on the R&B chart in 1974,
Her vocal style is similar to ex-labelmate Carla Thomas‘ without the nasal sound. “Come Lay Some Lovin’ on Me” is a sweet soul strutter song in Joseph‘s most enticing voice. What man could resist her request? Remakes of Wings‘ “My Love,” and Breads’ “Baby I’m-A-Want You” are stunners. Joseph never oversings, or become hysterical. “Sweet Surrender” rivals the starkness of her Stax sides vocally but the trappings are fancier. The songs are good, but as with Stax, the promotion for Margie‘s product wasn’t the best. Quality songs like “(Strange) I Still Love You,” written by Jerry Butler, Norman Harris, and Mikki Farrow had flava but Atlantic failed to deliver.

Tracklist

1.   “Come Lay Some Lovin’ On Me”  (Kelly) – 3:55
2.  “(Strange) I Still Love You”  (Butler, Farrow, Harris) – 3:36
3.  “Come With Me”  (Kelly) – 3:16
4.  “Baby I’m-A Want You”  (Gates)  – 3:03
5.  “To Know You Is To Love You”  (Wonder) – 3:35
6.  “If I’m Still Around Tomorrow”  (MacDonald, Salter) – 3:08
7.  “My Love”  (McCartney) – 4:00
8.  “Ridin’ High”  (Mardin, Joseph) – 3:22
9.  “He’s Got A Way”  (William Joel) – 3:50
10.  “Sweet Surrender”  (Hates) – 2:53

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Credits

Notes

Release Date: 1974
Duration:  34:37
Genre:  Funk / Soul
Style:  Rhythm & Blues

Label – Atlantic Records

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