Keith Hudson – Flesh of My Skin: Blood of My Blood (1975)

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“Producer Keith Hudson notched up his first hit in 1968 with Ken Boothe’s “Old Fashioned Way.” Many more followed in its wake, excellent vocal numbers, sizzling DJ cuts, and extraordinary instrumentals all found favor with the public. What were receiving less notice, however, were Hudson’s own self-productions, and in 1974, the singing producer decided to shift his attention from producing others to producing himself. Relocating to London, Hudson set to work recording; the result later that year was the Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood album. It proved particularly popular in the London sound systems, as did the following year’s Torch of Freedom, resulting in his signing to the Virgin label, suggesting they hadn’t listened closely to either set. Although Flesh of My Skin is an extraordinary album, even at its most accessible, it’s filled with slight quirks that preclude any hope of mass market success. The lavish ‘Treasures of the World,’ sweet lover’s rock with notable crossover appeal, is a prime example; its lushness and sweeping melody foiled by a slightly too-insistent-for-its-time reggae rhythm and pattering hand drums. The even more extravagant ‘No Friend of Mine’ could have been a chart-topping ballad in other hands, but is similarly undone by the percussion, disconnected synth, downbeat lyrics, and Hudson’s own vocal limitations. …”
allmusic

YouTube: Blood of my blood, Stabiliser, Fight Your Revolution, Darkest Night, My Nocturne

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