Sweet Angel "Handle Your Business" (***). Memphis, Tennessee's erstwhile Ecko Records has a penchant for breaking (and maintaining) female Soul Blues stars whether established ladies like Barbara Carr or Denise LaSalle to new Chitlin' Circuit stars like Ms. Jody and Sheba Potts-Wright. Looks like they hope to repeat that success with the sexy Sweet Angel. Ms. Angel already had a notable track or two out there from her first LP ("Another Man' Meat On My Plate") but with mighty Ecko behind her she just might break on through to the other side.
The 11-track album starts off with the generic "I'm Leaving", which cries out "formulaic filler". That irritating "wucka wucka" percussion effect rears it's ignoble head again. Same problem on "Rock Me" & "It's Weekend". (That programming sound is dated and should have been put to rest after Renea Mitchell's hit "The Road Of Love" CD, coincidently recorded at Ecko South studio).
But that is quickly forgotten when track 2 "Guilty As Charged" takes over, a fine midpaced head bobber. John Ward and Raymond Moore wrote this one, "You Gotta Make Love" and "I'm Sharing Your Man". The best track, however, comes from Mac Dobbins in the form of the romantic slowie "I Love My Man". (Footnote: Before signing with Ecko the first, independently-released version of this disc had four tracks not found here: "Women's National Anthem", "Angel Sings The Blues", "No Boundaries" and "Merry Christmas Baby". These were dropped in place of "Guilty As Charged", "I'm Sharing Your Man" & "Back It Up And Slow Roll It").