Thursday, November 28, 2013

"Love on a Two-Way Street" by Stacy Lattisaw

Song#:  0639
Date:  06/20/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  26
Weeks:  17
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Teenager Lattisaw reached #21 on the pop chart with her #8 R&B tune "Let Me Be Your Angel." With some momentum going, her next single would be this ballad from her new LP, "With You." It got her a second pop chart entry and a #2 R&B hit. The album would be her second (and last) to reach the R&B Top 10.

ReduxReview:  Although the hit version (see below) is kind of an R&B classic, it's not one of my favorites. It's a little dramatic, but not quite. Then it sounds like it's going to rev into epic mode, but then it doesn't. I dunno. It almost sounds unfinished to me. Lattisaw's teen voice almost matches that of the singer in The Moments, so there is not much new she's offering here. For me, neither are bad, but neither are great.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of the #3 hit by The Moments in 1970 (#1 R&B). Co-written by Sylvia Robinson (of Mikey & Sylvia and Sugar Hill Records fame), the tune was first recorded by vocalist Lezlie Valentine before The Moments included it on an album in 1968. However, it wasn't issued as a single until two-years later and it became a gold record for the group.


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