The Message Is Love

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The Message Is Love
Studio album by Barry White
Released October 16, 1979
Genre Disco, Soul, R&B
Length 35:53
Label Unlimited Gold
Producer Barry White
Barry White chronology
I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing
(1979)
The Message Is Love
(1979)
Sheet Music
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars link

The Message Is Love is the self-produced tenth album by American R&B singer Barry White, released in 1979. It was White's first release on his own CBS-affiliated custom label, Unlimited Gold, following his departure from long-time label 20th Century-Fox Records, and advance interest was high. The album however proved a disappointment both critically and commercially. Lacking an obvious hit single to provide sales impetus, it stalled outside the R&B top 10 (peaking at #14) and could only reach #67 on the pop chart. The poor performance of the album set the pattern for White's career slump in the early 1980s, which saw him fail to place any other album on the Billboard top 100 during the decade.

Track listing[edit]

  • Tracks written by Barry White and Paul Politi unless stated
  1. "It Ain't Love, Babe (Until You Give It)" - 4:22
  2. "Hung Up In Your Love" - 4:11
  3. "You're the One I Need" (Barry White, Smead Hudman) - 4:23
  4. "Any Fool Could See (You Were Meant for Me)" - 4:45
  5. "Love Ain't Easy" - 5:36
  6. "I'm on Fire" (Robert Jason) - 5:39
  7. "I Found Love" - 6:57

Singles[edit]

  • "Any Fool Could See (You Were Meant for Me)" (US R&B #37)
  • "It Ain't Love, Babe (Until You Give It)" (US R&B #58)
  • "Love Ain't Easy" (US R&B #75)