Monday, March 13, 2017

Veronica Lynn: Diamond In The Rough (Promo Cassette) (RCA, 1994)

Yet another earlier failure from the RCA Records brand and shelved after one single Make Up Your Mind in 1995. Possessing a soulful, jazzy soprano, she was brought to the label's attention by her former classmate, East Coast rapper PMD, but sadly it was not to be; she possibly fell victim to 90s roster cuts although I don't know for doubly certain. There is little information on her aside from what she has written herself on her You Tube channel but she formally worked the Showtime At The Apollo circuit, winning their amateur competition twice in 1988. Her album featured production by a ton of 90s soul and R&B heavyweights not limited to Mark Morales, Corey Rooney and Roger Troutman (formally one half of Zap & Roger.) Unfortunately it remained in analog only for those lucky enough to find it.

To my knowledge, this album was only ever issued on promo cassette. Please disregard the erroneous entry on Discogs for a CD that does not exist. Once again, I own an original hard copy of this release and not sketchy mp3s from mystery sources. Being the hardcore collectors that we are, Stuart and I always strive to buy originals if we can.

Groove With Me 3:53
Make Up Your Mind 5:37
Open Your Heart 3:52
Bring It On Home 6:20
Harvest For The World (Prelude) 2:19*
Harvest For The World 4:01
If I Know 3:25
Best Time Of Our Lives 3:38
Spend My Whole Life 4:22
Diamond In The Rough 3:14
Found My Way 4:25
When It's Good 6:14

*Tacked on to the beginning of track 5; unlisted on cover and tape