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.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.