Blues 'N Soul

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
Having already recorded for both Sun and Chess Records, two of the most historically significant labels in the history of blues and rock, Little Milton signed to Stax in the early '70s, adding yet another heavyweight to his catalog. On Blues 'N' Soul, he is joined by many of the same musicians that backed him on his Stax studio debut, Waiting for Little Milton, including drummer Willie Hall, guitarist Bobby Manuel, bassist Willie Murphy, and pianist Lester Snell. An impassioned singer, Milton's early-'70s output indeed began to walk the fine line between the blues and soul of the album title, a fact accentuated by the sparkling touches of the Memphis Horns. Although there ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
Having already recorded for both Sun and Chess Records, two of the most historically significant labels in the history of blues and rock, Little Milton signed to Stax in the early '70s, adding yet another heavyweight to his catalog. On Blues 'N' Soul, he is joined by many of the same musicians that backed him on his Stax studio debut, Waiting for Little Milton, including drummer Willie Hall, guitarist Bobby Manuel, bassist Willie Murphy, and pianist Lester Snell. An impassioned singer, Milton's early-'70s output indeed began to walk the fine line between the blues and soul of the album title, a fact accentuated by the sparkling touches of the Memphis Horns. Although there are only two originals in the set, the singer's interpretations of songs popularized by Charlie Rich "Behind Closed Doors", Linda Ronstadt "You're No Good" and Freddie King "Woman Across the River" are just as convincing. Milton's own "Sweet Woman of Mine" captures the combo in an up-tempo mode, simultaneously tough and swinging. "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do" is a tour de force of soul-blues that paces itself exquisitely across six and a half minutes, and "Hard Luck Blues" concludes the set with a hard funk groove. Throughout the album, the arranging skills of James Mitchell demonstrate how strings can be incorporated into a hard blues setting. Though they provide ample color to these productions, they do little to dilute the essential nature of the music. Excluding the singles collection Walking the Back Streets, Blues 'N' Soul may very well be Milton's best set for Stax.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1989
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218851824
  • Catalog Number: 8518
  • Sales rank: 127,583

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Milton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Willie Hall Drums
Bobby Manuel Guitar
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Strings
Willie Murphy Bass
Lester Snell Piano
Michael Toles Guitar
David Weatherspoon Bass
Technical Credits
Jesse Fuller Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Pete Bishop Engineer, Remixing
William Brown Engineer, Remixing
Little Milton Producer
Milton Campbell Producer
Porter Grainger Composer
Willie Hall Contributor
Bobby Manuel Contributor
James Mitchell Arranger
Willie Murphy Contributor
Richard Rosebrough Remixing
Lester Snell Contributor
Michael Toles Contributor
David Weatherspoon Contributor
Clarence Williams Composer
James Michell Arranger
Everett Robbins Composer
M. Campbell Composer
Robert Prince Composer
Joe Tarantion Mastering
Grahm Prince Composer
Henry Jim Jr. Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His best ever?

    An excellent album in every way! Little Milton has never sounded better, his soulful singing and playing is enhanced by tasteful support by the Stax musicians. Great songs, perfect mixing and sound. Milton's passionated gospel style singing takes the song "Behind Closed Doors" to a higher level.

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