June 03, 1985 12:00 PM

Rick James

It’s nice that James was able to take time off from his self-appointed position as career counselor for his protégés, the Mary Jane Girls and Process and the Doo-Rags, to put out a record of his own. No other part of the James gang comes close to Rick’s prowess as a music maker. In the past he has culled hits from both sultry soul (Fire and Desire, Mary Jane) and nasty funk (Give It to Me Baby, Super Freak). His new record contains samples of both those disparate moods to positive effect. Can’t Stop and Melody Make Me Dance, for instance, though relaxed and ambling, should crowd the dance floor. There is a new maturity to James’ voice on this album. With Glow, he places himself directly on the classic soul axis running from Detroit to Philly, which may prove to be a more prime place than ever now that Prince has ventured off into Never-Never Land. (Motown)

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