Wilson, Nancy – Now I'm a Woman - Used LP
Nancy has no problem fitting in with the Philly soul sounds of 1970 (which owed something to Nancy anyway). Gamble/Huff also bend their sounds to fit Nancy's lush style she'd established in the 1960s. The result is pretty stunning, and a worthwhile grab for fans of Philly soul or Nancy's uptown pop. -- winch
After an extended period of albums with producer David Cavanaugh, Wilson did this 1970 album with Gamble-Huff productions, featuring producers/arrangers including Thom Bell, Bobby Martin, and arranger-conductor Lenny Pakula. Cavanaugh executive produced. Around this time the Philly production team was best known for their work with artists like Jerry Butler, Billy Paul, and the Delfonics, among many others. Wilson falls right into the production style. The title track is a customary strong outing from Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The beautiful "Joe" has the sound of a prime Thom Bell production, and Wilson gives an amazing performance and a particularly emotional note that might go through a listener. Wilson shines on "Lonely, Lonely" and "Let's Fall in Love Again"; both benefit from Bobby Martin's patently brassy and sweeping Philly production. While some might be hard-pressed to understand why Now I'm a Woman didn't earn more raves, the answer lies in the covers. Even Wilson in great voice couldn't withstand the triple whammy of "They Long to Be (Close to You)," "Long and Winding Road," and "Make It With You." Despite a few missteps, Now I'm a Woman is an important album in Wilson's oeuvre and the Philly sound.