Essential Recordings: The Soul Sessions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661220522
  • Catalog Number: 612205
  • Sales rank: 102,811

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
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Marcus Mitchell Engineer
Johnny Rosen Engineer
Larry Hamilton Composer
Mervin Louque Engineer
Tracy Nelson Band Arranger
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