2.(If You Let Me Make Love To The) Why Can't I Touch You
3.This is Your Life
4.Jesus Boy (You Only Look Like a Man)
5.Magic Carpet Ride
6.I Wish It Were Yesterday
7.Compared to What
9.There's a Small Hotel
10.Jesus Boy (You Only Look Like a Man) [Single Version]
11.Magic Carpet Ride [Single Version]
12.This Is Your Life [Single Version]
Personnel: Norman Harris, Roland Chambers (guitar); Don Renaldo (strings); Tony Williams (flute, saxophone); Sam Reed (horns); Eddie Green (piano); Vince Montana (vibraphone); Norman Farrington (drums); Robert Crippon (congas); Charles Jules, Gerald Roberts (shekere).
Liner Note Authors: Andy Kellman; Nancy Wilson.
Billy Paul's Philadelphia International label debut boasts few of the hallmarks of its breakthrough follow-up 360 Degrees of Billy Paul, let alone Philly soul as a whole -- if anything, the album hews far closer to jazz, with a potent spiritual dimension that defies expectations even further. Apart from the Gamble/Huff composition "Love Buddies," the material draws from sources outside of the Philly International sphere, spanning from Rodgers & Hart's "There's a Small Hotel" to Gene McDaniels' "Compared to What." The arrangements are complex but deeply funky, perfectly suited to Paul's sagelike vocals. A fascinating, genre-defying record, finally reissued on CD in 2007 as part of a two-fer with the subsequent War of the Gods. ~ Jason Ankeny