Willson Ian: Straight From The Heart


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Willson Ian: Straight From The Heart
Artist: Ian Willson
Title: Straight From The Heart

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Weve worked with Ian Willson to reissue his insanely good self-released West Coast classic Straight From The Heart. Privately pressed and originally released in 1985 this is the only album Ian ever put out. A magical blend of AOR/sophisticated funk/synth-boogie/spiritual jazz and modern soul its a spellbinding record of many colours.You might already know Straight From The Heart for the dubby-disco paranoid-balearic anthem Four In The Morning and its easy to assume this is probably just another one of those one-track LPs. But trust us when we say its definitely not. This is an impressively slick record from start to finish just ask those modern soul DJs and AOR collectors whove managed to find a rare copy in the last 35 years. It couldve shouldve been number 1 all over the world back in 1985.Album opener Think About It is all sorts of right. Its emotional. Its tops-off. Its funk in its purest form. And take the proto-modern-funk of the title track half Dm-Funk / half Dd-Funk.The shimmering spiritual Bossa-Jazz of If I Were You serves as the albums soaring centrepiece. A gorgeous suite of Cosmic vibes to get Gilles frothing it sounds like nothing else on the record which makes sense given that it was recorded a couple of years earlier and is the only track on the LP that wasnt recorded in Ians own studio.Side B opens with the propulsive ode to love that is Two Is Better Than One. Wonderfully sparse when it needs to be its also richly percussive and that special kind of California-warm. Frenetic speaker smashing synth and horn workout Funk Invasion dares you not to dance and A Game Called Love is heavily indebted to Prince with its lush deep funk stylings. The sweeping sax-drenched instrumental Song For Katelyn is head-nod beat-heavy AOR for that melancholic magic hour we spend our days longing for. It all adds up to the ultimate BBQ record.Almost all of Straight From The Heart was recorded over a few months between 1983 and 1984 on Ians brand new Otari 8 track in the Oakland California studio he built just the year before. Only If I Were You was recorded elsewhere at Bay Sound in 1982.A full time poor musician at the time and he says he still is Ian produced the album himself and played all of the instruments except for guitar. Thats Peter Fujii you can hear his good friend from growing up together.Tower Of Power Average White Band Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder was the list of influences Ian gave us when we asked. No wonder the records just so easy on the ears.And why did he put the record out himself Simple he had no idea how to go about getting a record deal.When we first got in touch with Ian he had no idea that Straight From The Heart had become something of a cult record let alone that there were those of us out there that thought the album deserved to be pressed again. The original tapes have long since been lost so this re-issue was only made possible by remastering Ians one and only pristine copy of the finished LP.The end results have been worth the work including reproducing the originals unmistakeable sleeve. Ian Willsons Straight From The Heart is yet another Be With release that will find an easy home on the shelves of those of you who up to now have only dreamt of finding a copy and also those of you who who never knew it even existed.

1.1 Think About It
1.2 Straight from the Heart
1.3 Sequel Baby Lets Play
1.4 Four in the Morning
1.5 If I Were You
1.6 Two Is Better Than One
1.7 Song for Katelyn
1.8 Funk Invasion
1.9 A Game Called Love
1.10 Waiting for Sharon

H 0.16
W 12.33
L 12.37

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