Sleeve Notes: Rhapsody In White

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“Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form. It made the consumer beautiful. The consumer was the star,” said Barry White. But Disco was also democratizing in the fact that it made guys like Barry White – rotund romeos in velour leisure suits – into stars as well. There is no photographer listed on the back of Rhapsody In White, but Larry Nunes is credited as ‘Spiritual Adviser’ while White himself is credited with ‘Art Concept’. This album spawned two major Disco hits; ‘Love’s Theme’, which went to the top of the Billboard pop charts, and ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, which made it to #2. White was originally planning on recording under the name White Heat before being persuaded to use his given name. This 1974 album with The Love Unlimited Orchestra (a real 40-piece orchestra) was his debut and one of the first mile markers of Disco…

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