Most Wanted! Ashford & Simpson – Over And Over (Warner Bros.)
“You can’t be nobody’s lover till you’re somebody’s friend…” As many words that pretty much reflect what Ashford & Simpson happened to be for each other. A (long time running) couple of both husband and wife. But probably even more partners in crime… And what a crime they accomplished referring to their impressive repertoire!
Their 1977 ‘So So Satisfied’ album most likely marked a turning point in their progression. Spanning gems such as its lascivious title track. But also the ultra rare ‘Tried, Tested And Found True’. As many cuts showcasing the sophistication of their arrangements and production work. Not to mention the mesmerizing ‘Over And Over’ standing like nothing but an evidence.
Z Records label head Joey Negro gave it a worth the listen rework. Therefore adding real gloss to it, as a part of the ‘Remixed With Love’ compilation which he released back in 2013.
A cut which Sylvester happened to brilliantly cover soon after as a part of his debut-album.
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson stand without a single doubt among the most prolific artists of their generation. With their names being associated to an impressive list of masterpieces…
As songwriters, they delivered the classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Inner Life featuring Jocelyn Brown). But also ‘I’m Every Woman’ for Chaka Khan. If not ‘Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)’ for Roberta Flack. This in addition to ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ for Gladys Knight & The Pips. And ‘No One Gets The Prize’ and ‘The Boss for Diana Ross a to name but a few.
As producers, they collaborated with Teddy Pendergrass, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Ullanda McCullough among others.
And, last but not least, as a singing duo, they released 15 studio albums between 1973 and 1999. Most of their classics bringing us back to their period with Warner. There, they delivered gems such as ‘Over And Over’ (covered by the late Sylvester) and ‘It Seems To Hang On’. But also ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing’, ‘Stay Free’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Not to mention ‘Found A Cure’. ‘Street Corner’ and ‘Solid’ marking their following period with Capitol.
Nick Ashford sadly died on Aug. 22, 2011 in a NYC hospital after havin’ battled against a throat cancer. He was 70.