The Sweet Inspirations – Sweet Sweet Soul

On the blog I also intend to write a little bit about second-hand records I buy. One of the most recent finds is this gem on the Atlantic Records label from 1970. The Sweet Inspirations were formed by CIssy Houston (Whitney’s mum) and were primarily a going concern between 1967 and 1971. This record was the last to feature any contribution from Cissy. At the time this would have been described as R&B record. This LP does drift dangerously close to schmaltzy on a couple of the songs but for the most part this is a very good album. Songs like ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Two Can Play That Game’ stand up really well. I am no expert on the Atlantic soul sound although I have a passing interest in that sound through exposure to Northern Soul over the past decade or so. This is a welcome addition to the growing collection of second-hand gems.

The whole record is available to stream on Spotify.