Bring It on Home... The Soul Classics

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
At first glance, it would seem hard to beat the formula of taking one of the greatest voices in the annals of soul music and setting it loose on some of the genre's most enduring songs. But the alchemy that transpires in the grooves of Bring It On Home: The Soul Classics outstrips even that great-on-paper recipe. Neville, still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is at his most vulnerable on songs like "Ain't No Sunshine" and a bone-weary but beautiful "Rainy Night in Georgia" (on which he's supported by trumpeter Chris Botti) -- yet Bring It On Home is not a morose affair. Rather than wallowing, Neville chooses to rise above, an M.O. that elevates ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
At first glance, it would seem hard to beat the formula of taking one of the greatest voices in the annals of soul music and setting it loose on some of the genre's most enduring songs. But the alchemy that transpires in the grooves of Bring It On Home: The Soul Classics outstrips even that great-on-paper recipe. Neville, still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is at his most vulnerable on songs like "Ain't No Sunshine" and a bone-weary but beautiful "Rainy Night in Georgia" (on which he's supported by trumpeter Chris Botti) -- yet Bring It On Home is not a morose affair. Rather than wallowing, Neville chooses to rise above, an M.O. that elevates "People Get Ready" (a chance for him to harmonize with brother Art) to the goosebump-inducing level. It also lends a remarkable blend of grace and power to the churning version of "Respect Yourself" that he and Mavis Staples march through hand-in-hand. Bring It On Home's source material is pretty much unimpeachable, but there's always a danger in reinterpreting songs that are so deeply ingrained in the minds of listeners. Neville doesn't ignore that danger -- he meets it head on, seizing the melodies, making them his own, and triumphing over the forces that conspired to keep him and his beloved Crescent City down.
All Music Guide - Campbell
For Aaron Neville, the impact of Hurricane Katrina could only be expressed through music, specifically on songs that are uplifting, meaningful, and close to the heart. Bring It on Home...The Soul Classics is about recovery: a positive response not only to the natural disaster of the hurricane, but undoubtedly to the blasé attitude about it from the federal government. Tragedy can bring out the best in people, and Neville's disc not only aims to deal with his personal pain, but specifically reaches out to those who survived the storm the best way he knows how. These songs are familiar enough to deliver the listener a sense of warmth which hopefully opens the door to healing, grace, and power. Out of the 13 tracks, four are duets: with Mavis Staples on "Respect Yourself," Chaka Khan on "Let's Stay Together," brother Art Neville with David Sanborn for "People Get Ready," and Chris Botti on "Rainy Night in Georgia." Katrina's aftermath found other musicians reaching out to their audience as well, musicians who have created a few painfully triumphant releases like Dr. John & the Lower 911's Sippiana Hericane, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's reworking of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album What's Goin' On, and the various artists who contributed to Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast. It's safe to say Aaron Neville's Bring it on Home...The Soul Classics should be added to that list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886974537922
  • Catalog Number: 845550
  • Sales rank: 6,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rainy Night in Georgia - Chris Botti (4:40)
  2. 2 Ain't No Sunshine (3:40)
  3. 3 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay (4:28)
  4. 4 Stand by Me (3:52)
  5. 5 You Send Me (4:14)
  6. 6 Respect Yourself - Mavis Staples (4:06)
  7. 7 When a Man Loves a Woman (3:24)
  8. 8 Let's Stay Together - Chaka Khan (4:03)
  9. 9 It's All Right (3:34)
  10. 10 People Get Ready - David Sanborn (4:07)
  11. 11 My Girl (3:58)
  12. 12 Ain't That Peculiar (3:43)
  13. 13 A Change Is Gonna Come (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Neville Primary Artist, Vocals
Art Neville Organ
Joe Sample Piano, Electric Piano
David Sanborn Saxophone
Jack Ashford Tambourine
Chris Botti Trumpet
Lenny Castro Percussion
Chaka Khan Vocals
James Gadson Drums, Background Vocals
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Neil Larsen Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Ray Parker Jr. Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Mavis Staples Vocals
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Fred White Background Vocals
David Woodford Saxophone
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Lamont VanHook Background Vocals
Barbara Anne Hawkins Background Vocals
Rosa Lee Hawkins Background Vocals
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass, Background Vocals
Jason Neville Background Vocals
Athelgra Neville Background Vocals
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Luther Ingram Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Neil Larsen Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Stewart Levine Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Aaron Zigman String Arrangements
David Ritz Liner Notes
Tony White Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Jeffrey Schulz Art Direction
Ronald White Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Matt Weeks Engineer
Calvin Lewis Composer
Joseph DiMuro Executive Producer
Dean Sharenow Engineer
Mathieu Lejeune Engineer
James Fox Composer
Wesley Fontenot Engineer
Kent Sorrell Management
Kyoko Motonaga Groomer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than I expected

    These days I rarely buy a NEW CD release because of having over 4,000 CDs in my music collection. When I heard "It's All Right" I knew I wanted to hear more of this fabulous voice. Every track is so enjoyable and a pleasant surprise with the way Aaron makes the song his own. What a talent!!! Thank you Aaron for producing such a superlative CD. Keep it up because you've got a fan "as long as your singing". Good luck with your hopes & dreams for the NEW Big Easy. Roy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulworthy!

    Do not decide by looking at the tracks that this is 'just another cover album'...you would be so wrong. Aaron Neville pays homage to the original artists as well as making the songs his own in a way few talents can. These are songs I grew up with, and I'm hearing them all for the first time all over again. Otis and Sam would be proud!

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