Half Notes: Barry White – Let the Music Play: Expanded Edition (2012)

Originally released in 1976, loverman/maestro Barry White’s sixth album — despite including three monster hit singles, including the title song, “You See The Trouble With Me” and “Baby, We Better Try To Get It Together” — somehow had gone out of print. That is, before this new reissue from Hip-O Select, due on February 14. In other words, just in the nick of time! A highlight of the new liner notes are thoughts from Jack Perry, Barry White’s musical director. But this expanded edition also includes not one, not two, not five, but six — yes, six! — different mixes of “Let the Music Play.” That includes the album version, the single version and (maybe most interesting of all) “Funkstar’s Club Deluxe Mix.”

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.