ASL (Atlanta Soul Liberation) was owned by James W Crisp and it was one of those tiny Georgia labels that are so hard to find. It was linked with Mars Le Tour (see Rickey Andrews amd Alton Reid) and Atteiram as owner Carl Queen used their Smyrna, GA studios to record. Most of the ASL releases were gospel, only a few soul based ones exist, including one by Liberation, the lovely sweet group 45 by Master Blaster Horton and this one by Richard Wright.
Today I Love You is an easy paced beat ballad with some nice chord changes. The instrumentation is pretty sparse – just a small rhythm section – but that does leave Wright plenty of room. And his tenor vocals certainly take centre stage and I really like the way he ratchets up the tension as the song develops.
I believe Wright’s Me-O release pre-dated his ASL 45 and that features a side I can recommend, the tasteful ballad Give Your Love To Me. This has a fine bluesy feel to the chords, some well-arranged subdued horns and a female chorus all of which add up to a winning combination. Nice production by label owner Romeo Taylor.
Did Wright record any more sides?
Note ~ You can find an ASL discography here.