I Know I Love Him

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I Know I Love Him
I Know I Love Him Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1973
GenreVocal jazz, Soul
ProducerDavid D. Cavanaugh
Nancy Wilson chronology
I Know I Love Him
All in Love Is Fair
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

I Know I Love Him is a studio album by American singer Nancy Wilson, released by Capitol Records in February 1973. One of several R&B/soul-oriented albums that Wilson recorded during the 1970s, it features The Crusaders as backing musicians, along with songs by Marvin Gaye and Gordon Parks. Don Sebesky did the arrangements and conducting, and David D. Cavanaugh served as producer.

In a 1973 review, Billboard magazine called Wilson "the perfect person to bridge the gap between pop and soul.... Her gift on this LP is a mellowish mood, orchestrated beautifully by Don Sebesky to kiss her soulfully smooth voice within lush settings."[2]

Gramophone hailed the album as "a masterpiece in concept and musicianship," calling Wilson "truly superb in every aspect." They highlighted the Marvin Gaye-penned "We Can Make It Baby" and Gordon Parks' "Don't Misunderstand," a song that he had written the previous year for the soundtrack of Shaft's Big Score!.[3]

More recently, Andy Kellman at AllMusic called the album "a deep gem – laid-back but resonant late-night listening."[1]

Despite positive critical reaction, I Know I Love Him was not a commercial success when it was released. It only reached No. 201 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes,[4] and the single from the album, "We Can Make It Baby," did not chart.

In 2013, SoulMusic Records released a digitally remastered version of the album, paired with Wilson's 1971 album Kaleidoscope.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "We Can Make It Baby" (James Nyx, Marvin Gaye) – 2:57
  2. "Morning in Your Eyes" (John Lehman, Ouida Lehman) – 3:59
  3. "Don't Misunderstand" (Gordon Parks) – 3:07
  4. "Are We Losin' Touch" (Mark James) – 2:51
  5. "I Was Telling Him about You" (Don George, Morris Charlap) – 3:24

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Easy Evil" (Alan O'Day) – 2:48
  2. "The Laughter and the Tears" (Randy Edelman) – 2:49
  3. "Can I" (Hal Davis, Herman Griffith) – 3:10
  4. "I Heard You Singing Your Song" (Barry Mann) – 2:29
  5. "I Know I Love Him" (Bodie Chandler) – 1:13


From the original liner notes:[6]


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. I Know I Love Him at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Billboard Album Reviews". Billboard. February 24, 1973. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Keeping Track: A Cross Section of Recent Popular LPs and Singles". The Gramophone. Vol. 51. London: General Gramophone Publications Ltd. January 1974. p. 1446.
  4. ^ "Bubbling Under the Top LPs" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Nathan, David. "NANCY WILSON: KALEIDOSCOPE/I KNOW I LOVE HIM (SMCR-25096)". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Come Get to This (liner notes). Nancy Wilson. Capitol Records. 1975. ST 11386.CS1 maint: others (link)