Valerie Simpson, one half of legendary songwriting team Ashford & Simpson, joins Sodajerker to talk about the writing of a range of songs, from Motown classics like ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, the classic love ballad ‘You’re All I Need to Get By’ and ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’ (for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) to ‘Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand’ (Diana Ross), ‘I’m Every Woman’ (Chaka Khan) and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ (Gladys Knight & The Pips). Valerie also speaks about Ashford & Simpson’s own hits including the seminal ‘Solid (As A Rock)’ and her new solo album "Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again".
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Love Will Fix It: The Best of Ashford & Simpson is a comprehensive double vinyl LP spanning the legendary song-writing duos own recording career with Warner Bros. Records from 1973 to 1981. The husband and wife team of Nickolas and Valerie established themselves in the 1960s as one of Motown Records many successful hit making partnerships (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By”). The duo added even more depth, emotion and musicality to their self-produced recordings.
This newly remastered, comprehensive Groove Line Records release features 19 of the duo’s classic progressive 70s R&B duets including It Seems To Hang On, Send It, Don’t Cost You Nothing, Found A Cure, Bourgie Bourgie, Love Don’t Make It Right, Is It Still Good To Ya, Ain’t It A Shame and One More Try, of which the latter four titles are represented here in their extended form, and many of which are mixed by Valerie’s brother Jimmy, regarded as an early innovator and enduring influence on dance music.