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It Tears Me Up: The Best of Percy Sledge
     

It Tears Me Up: The Best of Percy Sledge

by Percy Sledge
 
Percy Sledge's career was forever defined by the No. 1 success of his very first single, "When a Man Loves a Woman," a deeply soulful ballad that became a slow-dance standard for generations. Possessing a unique voice that combines the emotional candor of soul and gospel with the high lonesome spirit of country music, Sledge is also a master storyteller who sings

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Percy Sledge's career was forever defined by the No. 1 success of his very first single, "When a Man Loves a Woman," a deeply soulful ballad that became a slow-dance standard for generations. Possessing a unique voice that combines the emotional candor of soul and gospel with the high lonesome spirit of country music, Sledge is also a master storyteller who sings with the care of a dramatist. On "It Tears Me Up," Sledge delivers the verse in a conversational style, then stuns the listener with his nakedly soulful delivery of the chorus. "Take Time to Know Her" is melodramatic, to be sure, but the honest power of Sledge's voice is enough to melt even a cynic's heart. His readings of two classic soul songs, "The Dark End of the Street" and "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road" are equally fine. Throughout, Sledge is supported by the exceptional instrumentalists who made Muscle Shoals a Mecca of southern soul. This is the essence of soul music, and as good as it gets.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Percy Sledge's first single, "When a Man Loves a Woman," was an instant masterpiece of deep Southern soul, so powerful and so distinctive it made him a star overnight and helped to quickly establish Muscle Shoals, AL, as one of the major recording centers in the Southern music scene. However, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was such a big hit that it tended to overshadow everything else Percy Sledge did from that point onward; while he had a handful of smaller hits and still records and tours, few people outside of soul obsessives are aware of the full scope of his recording career. It Tears Me Up: The Best of Percy Sledge, a typically well-assembled compilation album from Rhino Records, features 23 songs Sledge cut for Atlantic during the 1960s and makes an excellent case for the consistent strength of Sledge's Atlantic catalog. While Sledge specialized in sad songs of love gone wrong, he certainly knew how to make the most of such material, and his stellar, heart-tugging performances of "Take Time to Know Her," "Warm and Tender Love," "It's All Wrong but It's Alright," and the title tune prove that Sledge had more than one brilliant performance in his repertoire. Great stuff, and certainly the best Percy Sledge collection available.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1992
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227028527
catalogNumber:
70285

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Performance Credits

Percy Sledge   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jeanie Greene   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marlin Greene   Guitar
Susan Coleman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Eddleman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wesley Fredic   Horn
Carl Gholston   Horn
Mary Halladay   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Carl Jackson   Horn
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Albert Lowe   Bass
Gene Miller   Trumpet
James Mitchell   Saxophone
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Piano
Grailor Price   Horn
Don Srygley   Rhythm Guitar
Jack Tex   Trumpet
Donna Thatcher   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Weaver   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Marlin Greene   Producer
Yves Beauvais   Reissue Producer
Quin Ivey   Producer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Stephen Allen Davis   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
Thomas Bricker   Artwork
Gallico   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Ida Irral Berger   Composer

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