Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde McPhatter

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is about as perfect a summary of Clyde McPhatter's solo years with Atlantic as there is to buy, in the absence of a box of his complete output for the label or a Sequel Records reissue of his Atlantic LPs. Those who are most familiar with McPhatter's singing from his days with the Drifters will be pleased by all 19 songs here, which represent a more mature voice and embody musical ambitions that carried McPhatter toward the same kind of expansive, pop-oriented R&B that Sam Cooke also started working toward and would hit bigger with a couple of years later. He could still rock out, as on the title track, but he also had a sense of the dramatic in his singing and used...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is about as perfect a summary of Clyde McPhatter's solo years with Atlantic as there is to buy, in the absence of a box of his complete output for the label or a Sequel Records reissue of his Atlantic LPs. Those who are most familiar with McPhatter's singing from his days with the Drifters will be pleased by all 19 songs here, which represent a more mature voice and embody musical ambitions that carried McPhatter toward the same kind of expansive, pop-oriented R&B that Sam Cooke also started working toward and would hit bigger with a couple of years later. He could still rock out, as on the title track, but he also had a sense of the dramatic in his singing and used it to powerful effect on songs like "Without Love." "Treasure of Love" and "A Lover's Question" may be McPhatter's best remembered solo hits, but even the non-chart sides here, like "I Can't Stand Up Alone" which harks back to McPhatter's roots as a gospel singer and the big-band R&B of "I'm Lonely Tonight," are gorgeous pieces of music that demand to be heard. The only drawback is that the material isn't in chronological order, which wouldn't be a problem at all if the recording dates had been listed next to the tracks in the notes. But it sounds fine and the music is so compelling that it holds up regardless of the programming decisions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1991
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678231421
  • Catalog Number: 82314

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clyde McPhatter Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Neil Sedaka Guitar
George Barnes Guitar
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sal Salvador Guitar
Seldon Powell Saxophone
Frank Rehak Trombone
Al Caiola Guitar
Mickey Baker Guitar
Sam "The Man" Taylor Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Bert Collins Trumpet
Belton Evans Drums
Sticks Evans Drums
Panama Francis Drums
John Frosk Trumpet
Milt Hinton Bass
Bert Keyes Piano
Phil Kraus Percussion, Marimbas
Steve Lipkins Trumpet
Carl Lynch Guitar
Romeo Penque Alto Saxophone
Richard Perry Trumpet
Cliff Smalls Piano
Mike Stoller Piano
Bill Suyker Guitar
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Doles Dickens Bass
Daniel Perry Guitar
Technical Credits
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
Cynthia Crane Composer
Franklin Tableporter Composer
Joel Corn Composer
Joyce Heath Gagliano Composer
Herbert Weiner Composer
Ken Wood Composer
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