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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Plain and simple: Tad Robinson can sing. Obviously weaned on classic R&B, Robinson harks back to the great soul vocalists of the 1960s and '70s, but he brings such enthusiasm and skill to the party that he comes off as an individual stylist. He pays homage to his roots with every word, yet his sound remains immediate, always in the here-and-now. In addition to Robinson’s striking singing, Did You Ever Wonder? is solidified by robust material and superior musicianship. (Special kudos to guitarist Alex Schultz, who turns in one imaginative solo after another, and Willie Henderson’s flavorful horn charts.) Robinson has wide influences; if many of the performances ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Plain and simple: Tad Robinson can sing. Obviously weaned on classic R&B, Robinson harks back to the great soul vocalists of the 1960s and '70s, but he brings such enthusiasm and skill to the party that he comes off as an individual stylist. He pays homage to his roots with every word, yet his sound remains immediate, always in the here-and-now. In addition to Robinson’s striking singing, Did You Ever Wonder? is solidified by robust material and superior musicianship. (Special kudos to guitarist Alex Schultz, who turns in one imaginative solo after another, and Willie Henderson’s flavorful horn charts.) Robinson has wide influences; if many of the performances keep the southern soul singing tradition alive and “Suffering with the Blues” calls up memories of Bobby “Blue” Bland, a tasty cover of the 1972 Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose hit, “It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now,” reveals that Robinson draws from whatever R&B tributary he cares to. A triumph.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Inspired by distinguished soul/R&B singers such as O.V. Wright, Z.Z. Hill, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Otis Clay who provides backing vocals on two tracks, ex-Dave Specter vocalist Robinson turns in a spectacular performance on his third solo outing. Passionate and emotional, Robinson shifts from classy soul to relaxed blues and easygoing pop he resurrects the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's chart hit "It's Too Late to Turn Back Now" with stunning results. The legendary Willie Henderson Tyrone Davis, Jackie Wilson arranged and conducted the horns, adding some authentic flavor. But it's Robinson's powerful voice and terrific songs he co-wrote five tracks that are responsible for this album's success. Like the best singers in his genre, the singer exudes a sure sense of dynamics, laying down a sexy groove like on the title track then exploding into screams and wails that propel the music forward. His version of Robert Ward's "Your Love Is Amazing" finds the gospel heart of the song while adding a pop feel. Kevin McKendree and Benjie Porecki's keyboards and longtime associate Alex Schultz's guitar color and mold the sound without stealing the spotlight. Whether testifying on Little Willie John's hit "Suffering With the Blues" or getting frisky on the funky horn-accented original "Pockets Full of Nothing," Robinson is totally at ease. He swings and shouts with the confidence of a star, but keeps the focus on the songs, not the performance. The sound and production are nearly perfect. Similar to Robert Cray, who traffics in a similar genre, the mix is clear and clean, but not slick. This wonderful album proves Tad Robinson has the pipes and talent to push him into the realm of Delbert McClinton and Curtis Salgado, two popular contemporary R&B singers who have found success with a comparable approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Severn
  • UPC: 649435002526
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 314,804

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tad Robinson Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Otis Clay Background Vocals
Jeff Antoniuk Tenor Saxophone
Marty Binder Drums
Denise Davis Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree Organ, Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Alex Schultz Guitar
Bruce Swaim Tenor Saxophone
Harlan Terson Bass Guitar
Scott Silbert Baritone Saxophone
Benjie Porecki Organ, Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Scott Young Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Jensen Trombone
Technical Credits
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Steve Bassett Composer
Eddie Cornelius Composer
Willie Henderson Horn Arrangements, Horn Conductor
Kevin McKendree Composer
Tad Robinson Composer, Producer
Alex Schultz Composer, Producer
Vip Vipperman Composer
R. Ward Composer
Carson Whitsett Composer
David Earl Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Mastering
Joshua Shapera Producer, Engineer
Teddy "Cherokee" Conyers Composer
Steve Cyphers Mastering
Eric Lemley Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love It!

    This is my favorite Tad Robinson album. Even if you don't like the Blues, you'll love this album.

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