The late, great Teddy Pendergrass will be posthumously honored on August 21 with the upcoming album ‘Duets Love & Soul’ on Cleopatra Records. The record will include recordings of past Pendergrass hits remade by him during the final years of his life, with duet partners added by Cleopatra president Brian Perera.
The project leads off with the smash hit ‘Love TKO’, remade as a duet with Cleopatra recording artist Angie Stone. The recording follows the arrangment of the original pretty closely, but with an older, less powerful-voiced Pendergrass leading off. Stone sounds great, as usual, but the vocal mix seems a bit off. The song is certainly a step below the fantastic, powerful original that we could listen to any time, any day.
The ‘Duets Love & Soul’ project will also include collaborations with Jody Watley, The Stylistics, Martha Reeves, The Ohio Players and many others. We'll reserve judgment until we hear more, but we're disappointed in this first peek at the album. The Teddy Bear certainly deserves the acclaim for a brilliant career. We just hope that this is a worthy vehicle. (Bron: Soultracks.com)
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