I Believe to My Soul

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
I Believe to My Soul began with one concept, but circumstances transpired to add a second one. Producer Joe Henry gathered soul greats Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint to create a contemporary version of classic soul; he wanted something that sounded simultaneously new and old. Instead of turning to contemporary songwriters for material, as he did so brilliantly with Solomon Burke's Don't Give Up on Me and Bettye LaVette's I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, Henry asked the artists to choose songs they had never recorded before, and the material ranges from soul and gospel classics to original compositions to a Bob Dylan cover. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
I Believe to My Soul began with one concept, but circumstances transpired to add a second one. Producer Joe Henry gathered soul greats Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint to create a contemporary version of classic soul; he wanted something that sounded simultaneously new and old. Instead of turning to contemporary songwriters for material, as he did so brilliantly with Solomon Burke's Don't Give Up on Me and Bettye LaVette's I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, Henry asked the artists to choose songs they had never recorded before, and the material ranges from soul and gospel classics to original compositions to a Bob Dylan cover. Recorded over the course of a week in June 2005, the album features inspired performances on all sides, from Mavis Staples' slinky version of Curtis Mayfield's "Keep on Pushing" to Billy Preston's funky organ work on the original Memphis soul–style ballad "Both Ways" to Ann Peebles's reinvention of Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You." But since Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint are New Orleans treasures and the album came out in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I Believe to My Soul is also a tribute to the Big Easy, and a portion of the proceeds will go to hurricane relief organizations. Thomas turns in one of the many highlights with the country soul classic "Loving Arms," and Toussaint is the album's secret weapon: He plays piano throughout, and the instrumental "Turvalon" is a savory jazz-funk gumbo. Understated but deeply soulful, I Believe to My Soul sounds neither old nor new: It sounds timeless.
All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
In the mighty annals of soul history, few regions can compare with the Southern states in terms of output and contributions. Countless names and obscure anonymous dusties along with signature warm and up-front productions have made Southern soul an almost instantly identifiable sound. What makes I Believe to My Soul so intriguing is that it's been nearly five decades in the making -- with an interweaving of five soul juggernauts who cross paths yet again in their careers to record new versions of older material. Producer Joe Henry assembled Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, and Billy Preston together over the span of a week and invited them in for recording sessions. Much like those records of yesterday, the results are immediately warm, inviting, and highly intimate; even with the advancements in technology and digital culture, these songs transcend ones and zeros and sound like they were committed to analog tape. Even decades on from their creative primes of life, these five artists prove that age ain't nothing but a number -- they riff and jam with one another as if they were returning to the fountain of youth. It's an ambitious set that is pulled off with class and grace, and one that hopefully will see a follow-up in the near future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227318925
  • Catalog Number: 73189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Must Have That True Religion - Mavis Staples (3:29)
  2. 2 Both Ways - Billy Preston (3:52)
  3. 3 Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You - Ann Peebles (3:48)
  4. 4 The Same Love That Made Me Laugh - Irma Thomas (3:15)
  5. 5 Mi Amour - Allen Toussaint (3:45)
  6. 6 Keep on Pushing - Mavis Staples (3:39)
  7. 7 As One - Billy Preston (3:31)
  8. 8 Loving Arms - Irma Thomas (4:05)
  9. 9 River Boat - Allen Toussaint (2:35)
  10. 10 That's Enough - Mavis Staples (4:05)
  11. 11 Turvalon - Allen Toussaint (4:15)
  12. 12 When the Candle Burns Low - Ann Peebles (5:22)
  13. 13 We Are One - Allen Toussaint (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Preston Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Hammond B3
Don Bryant Background Vocals
Paul Brown Background Vocals
Chris Bruce Electric Guitar
Paul Bryan Bass
Niki Haris Background Vocals
Ray Herrmann Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone (Vocal)
Jean McClain Background Vocals
Allen Toussaint Piano
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Doyle Bramhall II Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Visher Flute, Bass Flute, Baritone Saxophone
David Palmer Electric Piano, Hammond B3
Willie Murrillo Trumpet
Technical Credits
Dorothy Love Coates Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Joe Henry Audio Production
Don Bryant Composer
Tom Jans Composer
Ann Peebles Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer, Horn Arrangements
Marc PoKempner Cover Photo
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
S. "Husky" Hoskulds Engineer
Traditional Composer
Paul Dalen Executive Producer
David Whitehead Executive Producer
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