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Recorded live in Tokyo in 1979, originally released in 1989 on Hi Records.
"Let's not mince words: O.V. Wright was the greatest deep-soul singer ever. By the time he cut his first secular recording, "That's How Strong My Love Is" for Goldwax Records of Memphis, Tennessee (1964), Wright was already a well-known and successful gospel singer, having sung and recorded with gospel groups such as the Spirit of Memphis Quartet and the Sunset Travelers.
"Wright is by no means the only artist to abandon the sanctuary of the church in search of the rewards and temptations of the secular world. The pop recordings of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Johnnie Taylor all make overt or oblique reference to the trauma of this self-imposed exile. But in the work of no other artist, with the possible exception of Green, does this exile play so central a role. Wright's recordings are unmistakably the work of a spiritually troubled man.
"As if to underscore the gravity of his choice, Wright's secular recordings, more than those of any of his peers, cleave faithfully to the style, structure, and most importantly the feeling and fervor of the deepest and most heartfelt gospel music." — MusicHound R&B: The Essential Album Guide
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|Ace Of Spades|
|Eight Men And Four Women|
|Love And Happiness|
|God Blessed Our Love|
|When A Man Loves A Woman|
|That’s How Strong My Love Is|
|You’re Gonna Make Me Cry|
|Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose)|