Saturday, February 15, 2020

Valarie Adams: Believe [EP] (Smooth Productions, 1989)

Rare modern soul/boogie release from Montclair, NJ singer Valarie Adams who has worked as a lead vocalist for Brooklyn, NY funk/disco band B.T. Express. Comparable to Patti LaBelle and Shirley Murdock, she has since been dubbed the "First Lady of Retro-Soul" and regularly appears with her band The Dimensions up and down the East Coast (she still rocks the hair-do as well.) Two versions of this release exist, one with 4 tracks and the one I have which has 7. One of the tracks "Believe" was later re-recorded and used as a b-side to her 1993 single "I Can't Shake It." She released her first album in 2007.

Believe 4:06
Sensational 3:37
Tenderly 5:28
Sweeter 4:40
Sooner Or Later 4:41
You're All I Need 5:00
Sammy Sounds 6:50