Essential Recordings: The Soul Sessions

Essential Recordings: The Soul Sessions

by Tracy Nelson
     
 
If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence

Overview

If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Copeland, Johnny Adams, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Tracy Nelson (of Mother Earth fame) -- often recorded better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. Take The Soul Sessions, which compiles ten tracks Nelson recorded for two albums, Homemade Songs and Come See About Me on the Flying Fish imprint (a label Rounder owned and distributed), after brief tenures with Columbia and Atlantic. These efforts recorded with large ensembles were, for the most part, gritty horn-drenched affairs with great charts arranged mostly by Wayne Jackson. Some of the tunes covered here are well-known, such as Don Covay's "Seesaw," Isaac Hayes and David Porter's "Hold On! I'm Comin'," and Holland-Dozier-Holland's "Come See About Me." Some are known to soul aficionados but not necessarily to the general public; a prime example is the Allen Toussaint classic "Tears, Tears and More Tears," which is the finest performance on the set. This collection is an excellent introduction to what Tracy Nelson does best. While the two individual albums are out of print, their finest moments are certainly gathered here.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661220522
catalogNumber:
612205
Rank:
112392

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Nelson   Primary Artist
Carlene Carter   Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Dianne Davidson   Background Vocals
Anita Ball   Background Vocals
Larry Boles   Percussion
Jamie Brantley   Background Vocals
Steve Brantley   Background Vocals
Barry Chance   Guitar
Larry Chaney   Guitar
Pebble Daniel   Background Vocals
Bruce Dees   Background Vocals
Jack Grochmal   Background Vocals
Sherry Grooms   Background Vocals
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Steve Hostack   Guitar,Background Vocals
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Sheri Kramer   Background Vocals
Chris Leuzinger   Guitar
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Billy Puett   Saxophone
Ted Reynolds   Bass
Marcia Routh   Background Vocals
John Salem   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lisa Silver Reynolds   Background Vocals
Jackson Brass   Track Performer
Andrew James McMahon   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tracy Lee Nelson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Karen Brooks   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Oliver Sain   Composer
Wayne Talbert   Composer
Don Cobb   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Jack Grochmal   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Lee Hazen   Engineer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Wayne Jackson   Horn Arrangements
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
David Porter   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Marcus Mitchell   Engineer
Johnny Rosen   Engineer
Larry Hamilton   Composer
Mervin Louque   Engineer
Tracy Nelson Band   Arranger

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