Ashford and Simpson Download
Oct 26, 1980DAR Constitution Hall (Washington, DC)
Ashford and Simpson Download
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Total Length:
1:12:22
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Ashford and Simpson Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Bourgie, Bourgie / Introduction01:34
  2. 2I Need Your Light03:43
  3. 3Nobody Knows04:55
  4. 4Rushing To06:04
  5. 5Love Don't Make It Right03:24
  6. 6Happy Endings05:03
  7. 7It Seems To Hang On06:58
  8. 8Get Out Your Hankerchief10:40
  9. 9I Had A Love05:08
  10. 10Don't Cost You Nothing08:40
  11. 11Landlord01:48
  12. 12Clouds01:28
  13. 13The Boss06:57
  14. 14Is It Still Good For You01:37
  15. 15Found A Cure04:23
Item Number:
  • 20011028-401-AD
Date:
  • Oct 26, 1980
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Bourgie, Bourgie / Introduction01:34
  2. 2I Need Your Light03:43
  3. 3Nobody Knows04:55
  4. 4Rushing To06:04
  5. 5Love Don't Make It Right03:24
  6. 6Happy Endings05:03
  7. 7It Seems To Hang On06:58
  8. 8Get Out Your Hankerchief10:40
  9. 9I Had A Love05:08
  10. 10Don't Cost You Nothing08:40
  11. 11Landlord01:48
  12. 12Clouds01:28
  13. 13The Boss06:57
  14. 14Is It Still Good For You01:37
  15. 15Found A Cure04:23
Total Length:
1:12:22
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Nickolas Ashford - Vocals; Valerie Simpson - Vocals; Ray Chew - Piano; Peter Cannarrozi - Synthesizer, Keyboards; Andy Schwartz - Guitar; Eluriel Barfield - Bass; Ray Manandaldo - Trumpet; Vincent Della-Roca - Tenor Sax; George Opalisky - Alto Sax; Ralph McDonald - Percussion; Yogi Horton - Drums

A songwriting, production and performing powerhouse for nearly three decades, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson's musical legacy is one of the most impressive in all of popular music. From writing songs for Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles in the mid-1960s to becoming staff writers and producers during the heyday of Motown (where they firmly established their credentials writing and producing major hits for Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Gladys Knight, among others) the duo's impact on popular music cannot be overestimated.

Although Ashford and Simpson performed and recorded throughout their career, it wasn't until the late 1970s that the performing and recording side of their career really took off. The duo's last three albums of the decade, 1977's Send It, 1978's Is It Still Good to Ya, and 1979's Stay Free set a standard of excellence they could never really surpass and established the duo as major stars and vocalists.

This era, which extended into the 1980s, was arguably Ashford and Simpson's peak era as performing artists, as can be heard on the recording presented here. Captured on the 1980 tour promoting the duo's A Music Affair album, which followed the three aforementioned albums, this performance is a near perfect time capsule of this era. During the middle of this set there is an emphasis on the new album material, including three of its finest songs, "Love Don't Make It Right," "Get out Your Hankerchief," and "Happy Endings, but it the rest of this performance that shine's brightest, as they showcase choice material from all three of those late 70s albums and more.

The tail end of the set, which features the funky 1977 hit, "Don't Cost You Nothin," followed by an extended medley of "Landlord," "Clouds" and "The Boss" is a prime example of Ashford and Simpson's romantic relay working an audience into a frenzy and leaving them nothing short of delirious by the set's conclusion.

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