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The songs all revolve around the subject of love (what else?) and the challenges/frustrations that sometimes present and throw that love off-track. However, the REAL TREAT here is in the "Street Opera" segment of the recording itself, a musical and lyrical 13 minute suite involving two people in love who are struggling to make ends meet. Their love for one another is so strong that they aren't willing to succumb to the bad times which have set in, but the "Working Man" (Nick) pleads with his woman (Valerie) through a 5-song set (the "Street Opera") about his need to leave (temporarily) so he can find his way in order for their love to become stronger. Throughout the opera, they both know that "Times Will Be Good Again."The big hit from this soulful masterpiece is "Street Corner." I always wished that the ENTIRE album COULD HAVE BEEN the "Street Opera" where EACH song could have related back to the prior song(s). It would have made for a stronger offering had it happened this way. Be that as it may, "Street Opera" is an original, unique and creative foray into early 80's R&B. It's SO REPRESENTATIVE of what Classic Old School R&B is about and remains true to the form sounding as fresh and as current NOW as it did THEN in classic "duet" style a la Marvin & Tammi, Rick & Teena, Peabo & Roberta, Billy & Syreeta or Alex & Cherrelle.If you're curious as to what the pain of a "Working Man" sounds like, it's here. Thankfully, Nick has in Valerie, a "Mighty Mighty Love" and together, despite the bad times at hand, they stay optimistic and "Love It Away."
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