Pendergrass left the Blue Notes in 1975 after a short-lived, but very productive four-year stint to pursue his solo recording career. Embracing a balanced mix of seductive ballads and soaring disco thumpers, Pendergrass immediately experienced critical and commercial acclaim on his own, as each of his first four albums went platinum on the strength of stellar singles such as I Dont Love You Anymore, Close the Door, Turn Off the Lights and Love TKO. Though Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury that left him as a quadriplegic as a result of a 1982 car accident, he persevered and ultimately recorded a total of fourteen long players in all. His songs have had remarkable staying power, as plenty of artists and their producers have gone diggin in the Teddy crates over the years.
More than five years have elapsed since Pendergrass passed away, but his legacy endures, as evidenced by the forthcoming posthumous duets album, Love & Soul. A well-deserved homage that features 12 new studio reworkings of some of Pendergrass most notable songs, the album pairs the soul legends vocals with contributions from an impressive group of artists including Shuggie Otis, Noora Noor, The Stylistics, Ohio Players, Martha Reeves, and Jody Watley.
Angie Stone bestows her lovely voice upon the compilations first single, a seamlessly sleek re-recording of the 1980 hit Love TKO. Check it out for yourself below, and keep your eyes peeled for the full album due August 21st on Cleopatra Records.