Stop Fooling Yourself

“Stop Foolin’ Yourself” is the one good track on a 1978 album, Brief Encounter, made by Debbie Cameron and Richard Boone. I don’t have much information about either artist, and most of the album isn’t much to write home about.  But “Stop Foolin’ Yourself” rides a beefed up boss-nova groove, played with thick electric bass and keyboard instead of acoustic strumming. There’s a sweet lover’s duet between Cameron and Boone on the chorus, and I especially like when they sing “ooooooooooh-ah,” and the horn section answers them back with a single toot, but the keyboard player is more or less freaking out and not paying attention to anything else that’s being played (in a very low-key kind of way). Cameron is American but apparently did most of her singing in Denmark; Boone played with Count Basie in the 60s before moving to Denmark as well. In Copenhagen you need a tune like this to keep you warm on the long winter nights.


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