Learning To Love/Marathon/Skydance/It Takes Two
The last four albums that Rodney Franklin recorded for Columbia show a marked detour from the Jazz Funk that permeates the first four. They span the years 1982 to 1986 and benefit from the emerging digital recording sound. Of the four ‘Skydance’ is by far the strongest, but it is the mellow Soul orientated tacks that stand out – cuts like ‘Song For You’ and ‘Destiny’. 1982’s ‘Learning To Love’ has its moments such as the soulful ‘That’s The Way I Feel Bout Your Love’. Franklin manages to get a lengthy on the eighties dancer ‘Stay On In The Groove’ from ‘Marathon’. The production style, however, cramps some of the style and sounds somewhat dated.