Early Works

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707992428
  • Catalog Number: 79924

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Thing (3:57)
  2. 2 The Fall (4:40)
  3. 3 Hold on to Your Love (2:52)
  4. 4 The Deal (3:35)
  5. 5 Heart and Soul (2:45)
  6. 6 In Your Time (4:59)
  7. 7 West Texas Sky (3:30)
  8. 8 Somehow (4:14)
  9. 9 Tighten Up (7:00)
  10. 10 Son of a Carpenter (4:54)
  11. 11 My Friend (3:21)
  12. 12 Georgia (7:11)
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Album Credits

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
Patrick Lunceford Drums
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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