B-side of Solid Sender
(Written by Charles Leverett)
Following on from the blandly forgettable Solid Sender, for the B-side Charles “Chico” Leverett serves up another record written at the request of an easily-offended relative, this time his wife, who had specifically demanded Leverett “do a romantic ballad for her”.
Anyway, this is a better song than Solid Sender, a solid (ha!) chunk of doo-wop balladry made considerably more interesting by whoever the (uncredited) vibes player is, but it’s still not much to write home about; Leverett’s voice is nice enough, but not really solo lead vocalist calibre, and it’s not a huge surprise to find out he didn’t cut any more solo singles for Motown. He would shortly rejoin his group the Satintones, where his lead baritone was put to much better use on a number of Motown singles which were better than this one.
Footnote: This is one of the records for which the masters couldn’t be located when compiling The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1, meaning it had to be dubbed from a 45rpm single. Unlike the A-side, which seems to have survived the process quite well, I’ll Never Love Again unfortunately sounds particularly murky and muffled, definitely coming off worse as a result of the procedure. A shame, but more of a loss to posterity than to listening pleasure; I can’t really see many people playing this one over and over again.
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