B-side of When I Needed You
The flip of Raynoma Liles Gordy (“Miss Ray”)’s only Motown single is a strange affair; having turned in a charming if slightly technically-challenged lead vocal on the plug side, here she offers up a keyboard “solo” on a brief, thin instrumental. (I’m assuming the keyboard part is hers, there’s no indication in the liner notes as to who played what).
Anyway, supposedly this is meant to commemorate/capitalise on the dance craze “The Contintental”, whatever that was, but it doesn’t sound like dance music of any kind, it sounds like a loungecore jam session by the house band at some middle-class “jazz” club. The dominant instrument is a guitar (warm and full-bodied compared to the anaemic jangle of the rest of the track) which gets a tiny solo just after the two-minute mark before the whole thing fades out. Quite pretty, but entirely pointless.
Unlike the first single release on Miracle Records, Jimmy Ruffin’s Don’t Feel Sorry For Me, which was produced by Miss Ray herself, no producer is credited for either side of this single.
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