Personnel: L.J. Reynolds (vocals); Michael J. Powell (guitar, drums, percussion); Al Ayoub, Everette Boone, David Miles, Carl Robinson (guitar); Leroy Hyder (strings, keyboards); Scott Graham (soprano saxophone); Raymond Johnson, Curtiss Boone, Amp Fiddler, Vernon Fails (keyboards); John Hoesly, James Jamerson (bass); Dewayne Lomax, Paul Allen, Buster, David Brandon (drums); Carl "Butch" Small (percussion); Mario Castro Neves, William Wooten (programming); Leon Kinchelow, Sandra Fever (background vocals).
The Dramatics: Ron Banks, Willie Ford, Wenzell Kelly, Lenny Mayes (vocals).
The Vine Street Horns: Ray Herman (saxophone); Harry Kim, Daniel Fornero (trumpet); Arturo Velasco (trombone).
Producers: Michael J. Powell, L.J. Reynolds.
Engineers include: Michael J. Powell, Paul Allen, Mike Moore.
Recorded at Vanguard Recording Studios, Oak Park, Michigan; United Sound Studio, Detroit, Michigan; T.C. Stuidos, Somerville, New Jersey.
Personnel: L.J. Reynolds (vocals); Michael J. Powell (guitar, drums, percussion); Al Ayoub, David Miles, Carl Robinson (guitar); Everett Boone (electric guitar); Ray Hermann (saxophone); Scott Graham, Graham Scott (soprano saxophone); Daniel Fornero, Harry Kim (trumpet); Arturo Velasco (trombone); Leroy Hyder (keyboards, synthesizer); Mario Castro-Neves (keyboards, programming); William Wooten, Curtiss Boone, Amp Fiddler, Raymond Johnson, Vernon D. Fails (keyboards); John Hoesly (electric bass); James Jamerson, Jr. (bass guitar); David Brandon , Dwayne Lomax (drums); Paul D. Allen (snare drum); Carl "Butch" Small (percussion); Gerald Leon Kinchelow, Wenzell Kelly, Sandra Fever, Lenny Mayes, Ron Banks , Willie Ford (background vocals).
Recording information: TC Studios; United Sound Studio, Detroit, M K Crossing; Vanguard Recording Studios, Inc.
Photographer: Steve Maruta.
Arranger: Tony Camillo.
The 1990s found L.J. Reynolds wearing two different hats and dividing his time between his solo career and the Dramatics, whom he had left in 1980 and rejoined in 1987. Reynolds turned 47 in 1999, and it was obvious to his fans that his voice hadn't lost any of its power over the years. In fact, the soul veteran is in generally excellent form on 1999's Love Is About to Start, which favors a classic Northern soul approach and isn't much different from the recordings he made with the Dramatics in the 1970s. Reynolds sings with conviction throughout the CD, sounding quite focused on material that ranges from the sentimental "Everything Is You" to an inspired cover of Deniece Williams' "Silly" and a remake of "Key to the World" (which Reynolds first recorded in 1981). Interestingly, Reynolds meant for the gritty "Down on My Luck" to acknowledge modern country-pop (which he has said he's heavily into), but the song is actually quite bluesy and has more in common with B.B. King than with Clint Black or Tim McGraw. Love Is About to Start breaks no new ground for Reynolds, which is probably just as well -- classic 1970s-like soul is what he does best, and there's plenty of it on this rewarding CD. ~ Alex Henderson