James Gilstrap – Love Talk (1976) (Roxbury Records RLX 105)

James Gilstrap – Love Talk
1976 Roxbury Records RLX 105

Jim Gilstrap is better known as a backup singer, but Stevie Wonder fans might know him for singing the first verse of “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”, which also makes him the first voice you hear on the epic Talking Book.  His name appears on tons of albums. You can see a partial list of his session credits here , where you can see that he was very busy in the 1970s, working in the worlds of rock, soul, jazz, and funk.  The fact that Gene Page did the arranging on this record is also worth noting. This album, which has never appeared on CD, is a nice, short set of soulful disco-funk, and the mellow version of Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me” has me wondering if Prince ever covered the song on solo piano.

A1 Love Talk 13:18
B1 Move Me 7:41
B2 Never Stop Loving Me (Never Stop) 6:10
B3 Hello It’s Me 3:25

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Roxbury Records Corp.
Copyright (c) – Roxbury Records Corp.
Recorded At – Record Plant
Recorded At – The Sound Factory
Published By – Pocket Full Of Tunes, Inc.
Published By – Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Inc.

Arranged By – Gene Page
Art Direction, Photography By – Linda Dietrich
Artwork [Photo Retouching] – Charlie Wild Studios
Backing Vocals – Dee Ervin, June Williams, Lisa Roberts, Myrna Matthews
Design [Album Design] – Hulda Nelson
Engineer – Dave Hassinger, Jim Nipar
Engineer [Mixing] – Gary Kelgren, Ron Nessen
Producer – Wes Farrell
Written-By – Dee Ervin (tracks: A to B2), Todd Rundgren (tracks: B3), Wes Farrell (tracks: A to B2)

Recorded at The Sound Factory & The Record Plant
A Product of the Wes Farrell Organization
A, B1, B2 Published by Pocket Full Of Tumes, Inc. (BMI)
B3 Published by Screen Gems – Columbia Music, Inc. (BMI)
© 1976 Roxbury Record Corp.

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  1. Brandon Lionnel Ousley

    Thank you for this! Jim Gilstrap has one of the great voices in all of music.

    • I figured you would be all in for this one, Brandon. Good to see you here in the comments section and thanks again for those early Sylvers records!

  2. mp3 version please …..

  3. tHANKS so much! I can always trust your taste.

  4. Hi, my apologies, I never said thank you for this. Hope things are going better for you 🙂

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