Fortune Tellerby Benny Spellman
Though Collectables' presentation certainly leaves something to be desired -- it's one of their early titles and it lacks extensive packaging -- they should still be commended for having the only Benny Spellman collection available on CD. Many of his tracks are available on various-artists collections, but this is the only disc available under his own name; and the 16-track collection proves that he was one of the finest New Orleans vocalists of the early 60s. His smooth baritone found a perfect fit with Allen Toussaint's typical, earthily elegant production, and he had a great set of material, too, highlighted by the hits "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)." The other tunes may not be hits, but they are worthy additions in that tradition; making this a necessary set for New Orleans R&B fans.
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