Celebrating two albums from Womack & Womack’s classic canon this joint re-release from Cherry Red spells out the duo’s sultry, soulful appeal all over again. ‘Love Wars’ was a huge hit at the time, back in 1983, and appears here along with its Extended and Instrumental versions for good measure. However, in retrospect the remainder of the album speaks even louder to today with the shuffling, funky grooves of ‘Express Myself’ and timeless ‘Baby I’m Scared Of You’ sounding particularly stunning. You will also find their excellent version of the Teddy Pendergrass classic ‘TKO’ plus a version of the Stones ‘Angie’. Produced by Stewart Levine this album so obviously oozes class with the vocals sounding as exquisite as always and the instrumentation providing the perfect accompaniment. ‘Radio M.U.S.C. Man’ was released two years later and again features some great tracks such as the mid-tempo ‘Night Rider’ although by 1985 feels a little smoother than its predecessor.

4 out of 5

Reviewed by Greg Fenton