A Cappella Dreams

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Persuasions have been the premier a cappella vocal group for decades now, and as A Cappella Dreams makes clear, they have no intention of ceding the title to others. Here they imaginatively approach beloved material associated with a host of pop and R&B artists, including Elvis Presley (“Good Luck Charm,” “In the Ghetto,” “Don’t”), Brook Benton (“Rainy Night in Georgia”), and the Four Tops (“When She Was My Girl”). Throughout, this venerable ensemble display their incredible unity and infectious joy in vocalizing. No matter what they touch, be it up-tempo stomp or affecting ballads, the Persuasions put their own inimitable ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Persuasions have been the premier a cappella vocal group for decades now, and as A Cappella Dreams makes clear, they have no intention of ceding the title to others. Here they imaginatively approach beloved material associated with a host of pop and R&B artists, including Elvis Presley (“Good Luck Charm,” “In the Ghetto,” “Don’t”), Brook Benton (“Rainy Night in Georgia”), and the Four Tops (“When She Was My Girl”). Throughout, this venerable ensemble display their incredible unity and infectious joy in vocalizing. No matter what they touch, be it up-tempo stomp or affecting ballads, the Persuasions put their own inimitable stamp on the material, making it new again.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Had the Persuasions not gone the a cappella route in the '60s and '70s, it's quite possible that they would have become as huge as the Temptations, the Dells, the Four Tops, the Dramatics, or the Impressions. But unfortunately, most listeners are so used to hearing instruments that they have difficulty getting into a cappella performances -- even when the vocalists are as talented and expressive as the Persuasions. Nonetheless, the group has maintained a small albeit devoted cult following over the years, and those who are open to hearing a cappella singing will find a lot to admire about this 2003 release. In the past, the Persuasions have applied their earthy, gospel-drenched soul style to everything from the Grateful Dead to Frank Sinatra; this time, they turn their attention to familiar songs that range from Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" to three songs associated with Elvis Presley "Good Luck Charm," "Don't," and "In the Ghetto". A few gospel standards are offered including "When the Saints Go Marching In" and Thomas Dorsey's "Peace in the Valley", but most of the material is secular -- and that includes soul classics like Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia," Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," and Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay." In a perfect world, A Cappella Dreams would enjoy extensive airplay on urban contemporary stations alongside R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige, but the chances of that happening are slim and none -- if the Persuasions had a hard time getting on R&B stations in the '70s, they certainly aren't going to accomplish that in the 21st century. But A Cappella Dreams will have no problem appealing to their small group of hardcore fans, who will find this CD to be a rewarding, heartfelt addition to their catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368025128
  • Catalog Number: 251
  • Sales rank: 245,228

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Persuasions Primary Artist
Barbara Tucker Background Vocals
Jerry Lawson Group Member
Joe Russell Group Member
Ray Sanders Group Member
Jayotis Washington Group Member
Dawn Tallman Background Vocals
Michelle Hutcherson Background Vocals
Jim Hayes Group Member
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Jimmy Hughes Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Bill Withers Composer
David Chesky Producer
James Williams Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
K.P. Burke Composer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Wally Gold Composer
Lawrence Gottlieb Composer
Sherman Holmes Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Jerry Lawson Arranger, Producer
J Mascis Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Marc Blatte Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Barry Wolifson Engineer
Wesley Phillips Liner Notes
David Mattis Composer
Larry Gottlieb Composer
Rick Eckerle Engineer
Traditional Composer
Marvin Pierce Composer
Andrij Borys Art Direction
John Alexander Composer
William Beck Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks Composer
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