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Early Works
     

Early Works

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by Taylor Hicks
 
These reissues of the American Idol winner’s previously unavailable pre-Idol material is released via Taylor’s own Modern Whomp Records and spotlights the soul singer's songwriter smarts. Taylor received over 63.4 million votes as the Season 5 American Idol Winner and is starring as “Teen Angel” in Greaseon Broadway.

Overview

These reissues of the American Idol winner’s previously unavailable pre-Idol material is released via Taylor’s own Modern Whomp Records and spotlights the soul singer's songwriter smarts. Taylor received over 63.4 million votes as the Season 5 American Idol Winner and is starring as “Teen Angel” in Greaseon Broadway.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Officially released on CD late in 2008, long after his American Idol spotlight dimmed so dark he lost his major-label contract, Early Works reveals that Taylor Hicks was always a working musician, a no-fuss journeyman that cranked out soulful rock & roll, the kind that always sounds pretty good in a beer ad. That isn't much of a surprise: his Idol performances and post-Idolalbum suggested that he could always crank songs like "Soul Thing" and the softer "The Deal," a Bob Seger-styled midtempo number that surfaced on his major-label effort and is here in an early incarnation that isn't that much different. What's surprising about Early Works is its strain of sweet, folky singer/songwriter pop, halfway between Van Morrison and Stephen Stills. Most of the record is in this vein - possibly because it's a sound that's easier to market than the soul-rock that made his name - and while it's just as classic rock in its own way as the barroom blues boogie that brought him fame, it does suggest a depth not quite heard in his Idol-era performances. It's still journeyman stuff - music marked by its dogged devotion not divine spark - but it's well-done, heartfelt and endearing, sounding like the work of a local boy made good.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Welk Records
UPC:
0015707992428
catalogNumber:
79924

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Performance Credits

Taylor Hicks   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mitchell Jones   Bass
Jay Smith   Percussion
Jon Cook   Guitar
Brandon Wiard   Alto Saxophone
Jay Smith & the Majestics   Percussion
Wynn Christian   Electric Guitar
Brian Less   Piano,Hammond Organ
Eddie Ayers   Percussion
Ian Corey   Bass Guitar
Brandon Kidd   Alto Saxophone
Jay Knorr   Drums,Vocals
Wade Johnson   Trombone
Patrick Lunceford   Drums
Mitch Jones   Bass Guitar
Brian Less   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Jordan Feldstein   Management
Taylor Hicks   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Roger Lawrenson   Producer,Audio Production

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