And what tunes they were! The titles alone speak volumes: "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Babe" (with the unforgettable "feels so good" opening), "Love's Theme" (we used it as the entrance music for the wedding party at our reception), "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" (featured in a seriously sexy scene in Spike Lee's compelling, underrated Summer of Sam, it may be my favorite Barry jam). But beyond the greatest hits, there's the proto-trip-hop epic "Your Love (So Good I Can Taste It)" the 12-minute bedroom-funk equivalent of "Stairway to Heaven" from Barry's awesome record Is This Whatcha Wont? (Yes, that's how he spells it--how cool is that?) Folks, words simply cannot describe how good this song is, as it transitions from an anticipatory string-laden opening to a downbeat foreplay-in-music-form spacey relentless groove to a full-throated climax (in every sense of the word). It's a full-fledged journey deep into the cosmic groove. Please, please go buy this album at Amazon, and discover the joys of White's art beyond the best-of comps and radio staples.
Man, he was good. In my Missus's words, the world is a much less sexy place without him.
Sean T. Collins can't lose with what he uses. He blogs at Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat, where this post originally appeared.