Barry White, All In The Name Of Love

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Offering strikingly rough material from a '70s soul icon who made a career out of symphonic slickness, Barry White's posthumously released All in the Name of Love is more historical document than high-profile cash-in. Judging from its sound and style, its 13 tracks suggest late '60s/early '70s demos recorded shortly before White's hit streak began. Aside from instrumental blueprints of "Under the Influence of Love" and "Fragile Handle With Care," which White would soon record with his Love Unlimited girl group, these previously unheard cuts are considerably faster, shorter, more straightforward and sonically cruder than standard White fare. "Come on in Love" boasts the swirling strings and the dramatic rhythmic breakdowns of subsequent classics like "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby," while "Out of the Shadows of Love" illustrates producer Phil Spector's melodramatic influence on a legend who was ordinarily more about suave suits than roots.