This Legendary Album (Not Officially Released Until 2000)
Includes Tracks Written & Produced by the Late Patrick Moten. In his Classic
Soul Style, as Brought to Artists Like Anita Baker, Bobby Womack & Johnnie
Talyor, this 1987 Recording Holds Breathtaking Moments Such as 'Easy Come Easy
Go', the Garry Glenn Composed 'No Sweeter Love' & the full length Version of
The world of soul music first heard of Rosie Gaines in the
mid-80s after she sang lead for San Francisco group Flash before signing to
Epic as a solo artist.
When the Epic 45 "Crazy" turned up as a new release in 1987, it was greeted
with rapture by all soul fans when first played on Richard Searling's Soul
Sauce radio program in Manchester, England. It finished up being hailed as one of the
year's Top 5 soul performances, and we waited impatiently for the album
(detailed on the label of the single) to arrive.
Not only had the lady captured our hearts with her debut solo set with the
track "Good Times", but even more mouth watering was the prospect of hearing
more magical productions from a little known LA
producer/keyboardist/songwriter Patrick Moten - who had done such a masterful
job on the single preceding the 'new' album. Patrick's reputation was already
legendary with UK soul connoisseurs for his magical arrangements for Anita
Baker, Bobby Womack, Chapter 8 and Johnnie Taylor as well as local LA acts Kim
Ball and the group Mystic Mood, so the arrival of an album on a lady with
Rosie's immense talent, well........and we waited, and we still waited.
Days turned into months into years before we realized that Rosie had moved
away from Epic to pastures new at Motown where she went on to record two solo
albums. While "Closer Than Close" from Motown was reinvented as a dance anthem
selling millions, soul fans were left wondering what happened to the
mysterious sessions of '87?
After we had wondered, phone conversations with Patrick Moten revealed that
the album was indeed completed, but then due to changes at Epic in the a&r
department both he and Rosie were no longer connected. The album was destined
to remain forever unheard and unreleased.
Over the past few years I had almost forgotten this 'missing' album until I
heard from a good friend that, tragically, the world of soul had lost Patrick
Moten to a serious illness. Our genius died, aged only 42, in the fall of
1999. In his final years Patrick had continued to write and produce notably
non-secular gospel material.
It is therefore with immense pride that Expansion records releases this
stunning soul album in the memory of one of the all-time great soul men of the
last century - Patrick Moten.
As you listen to tracks like "Easy Come, Easy Go" and "No Sweeter Love",
transport yourself back thirteen years to the California sessions and and
appreciate the dedication and tender touch of Patrick Moten.