Podcast/mix available here. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.]
01 – Levert – Casanova
02 – Troop – Mamacita
03 – Rude Boys – My Kinda Girl
04 – Men At Large – Use Me
05 – Levert – Pull Over
06 – Gerald Levert – Private Line
07 – Rude Boys – Written All Over Your Face
08 – Gerald LeVert – Can You Handle It
09 – Gerald Levert and Miki Howard – That’s What Love Is
10 – Levert – Pop Goes My Mind
11 – Levert – All Season
12 – Gerald Levert – Hurting For You
13 – Gerald Levert – Baby Hold On To Me
14 – Men at Large – I’m So Alone
15 – Rude Boys – Are You Lonely For Me
16 – Gerald Levert – School Me
Admittedly, this mix started out as a challenge, because when one thinks of Gerald Levert, the thought of smooth silky ballads comes to mind, and I needed a little more variety. I then remembered the trio Levert and the production company Trevel Productions that he handled with Mark Gordon, and that made things much easier. I went through the vaults and thought that I’d pull out the two most uptempo tracks I knew (Casanova and Mamacita), and then Rude Boys and Men At Large popped immediately into my head, which is how they came into play throughout this mix. I remembered the Use Me video which made me smile and was able to make me pull out the other tracks like My Kinda Girl, I’m So Alone and Are You Lonely For Me with ease.
My favorite Levert tracks are well represented here, Pop Goes My Mind and All Season, but it’s also the tunes with Mikki Howard (That’s What Love Is) and his father Eddie Levert (Baby Hold On To Me) that are staples. It’s also about tracks like Pull Over (forgot how funky that track was), Private Line (my favorite Gerald Levert cut), and Hurting For You which round out this playlist well.
May Gerald Levert rest in peace. Take it light.