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393. Love Is the Better Way – Vince Ebo

LOVE IS THE WAY (1992)

Vince Ebo

Most discovered Vince Ebo as the always grinning vocalist with Charlie Peacock whose voice soared and whirled and drew listeners to him in awe. He really was one of the finest vocalists in CCM and one album is simply several too few! Helped by several friends like Charlie Peacock “Love is the Way” is a beautiful collection of songs sung flawlessly with care, precision and pure soul.

Most of the songs fall into the mid-tempo or upbeat funk/soul genre. Robbie Nevil and Terrance Trent D’Arby work as basic comparisons but the Peacock influence of jazz and Gospel infusion is unmistakable especially on the title track. Make it Work and Shaken add a more rock groove to the basic soul that again reveals the impact of Charlie Peacock on his music.

But this album is really built around the ballad “These Are the Questions.” In a very Luther Vandross way Ebo’s silky voice delivers a stunning and emotional call to care for one another. She song, accompanied primarily by a wonderful jazz piano performance builds with each verse and Ebo fully delivers here like on no other song on the album. The bridge is stunning! If you can’t remember the lyrics you won’t forget the feeling attached to the performance.

Just about one year after this wonderful, soulful album was released the artist responsible for it took his own life.

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  1. April 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I met Ebo at the Denver stop of Charlie Peacock’s Love Life tour. He was a performer, but I got the distinct impression that he was just that. I wished I had been able to connect or figure out what his deal was. Looking back, it seemed like everything in his life was keyed to his career. Everything didn’t go to plan, and I guess he couldn’t cope with that.

    I do remember that “Vinny’s” death was particularly hard on Charlie Peacock. When you have such a good friend just leave in the ultimate act of selfishness (suicide), it can feel like the ultimate rejection.

    So much good could have come out of such a beautiful voice! The tools we are given are the tools we must use, not to please ourselves but to please Him.

  2. Greenchili
    May 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

    A shame to hear about this guy. This is a really good album..

  3. Y2daddy
    January 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    “the ultimate act of selfishness”? Dude, none of us know what he was going through.

  4. CreoleGirl916
    October 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Please leave your negative comments to yourself. I understand that people have their opinions. But we his family like to remember him in a positive way. Regardless of his actions, he was a beloved son, friend, and relative.

  5. Andrew j
    November 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Gone too soon. This album was so far ahead of its time that its still relevant today. His voice was impeccable. I have turned so many on to this album and have purchased it about 5 times over the years. I wish I could have met him but through his music it seems like I have. To his family Vince touched so many lives after his death and is still touching lives as I’m sure that was his goal. Rest in peace Vince and sing a song to my son whom God called to Heaven 8 years ago as he loved your music.

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