It's an Uphill Climb (To the Bottom)

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chicago soul belter Walter Jackson didn't have many hits. Even the hits he managed to have were pretty weak. What he did have was an undeniably great voice and a raft of great songs. Collectables' It's an Uphill Climb To the Bottom is drawn from Jackson's years at Okeh Records in the mid-'60s and unfortunately doesn't contain many of Jackson's best songs. The title track is an amazing example of his dramatic and powerful way with a ballad with fine pop-soul backing and is one of his career highlights. Apart from that, a few others are good like "That's What Mama Say," a Curtis Mayfield-penned Chi-Soul groover, "Not You" a near operatic, overly stiff ballad, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chicago soul belter Walter Jackson didn't have many hits. Even the hits he managed to have were pretty weak. What he did have was an undeniably great voice and a raft of great songs. Collectables' It's an Uphill Climb To the Bottom is drawn from Jackson's years at Okeh Records in the mid-'60s and unfortunately doesn't contain many of Jackson's best songs. The title track is an amazing example of his dramatic and powerful way with a ballad with fine pop-soul backing and is one of his career highlights. Apart from that, a few others are good like "That's What Mama Say," a Curtis Mayfield-penned Chi-Soul groover, "Not You" a near operatic, overly stiff ballad, and "Opportunity," despite its overly corny attempt to hone in on the Drifters' territory, is graced by a strong vocal that shows that even when Jackson is constrained by his surroundings he can still knock the tune out of the park. The other seven songs are an unappealing mix of standards like "Moonlight in Vermont," "A Blossom Fell" and pop fodder like "She's a Woman" and "Let It Be Me" that fall victim to soppy arrangements. Jackson saves the day with his bedrock steady vocals but this is not his best material from the Okeh years. You can find that on The Best of Walter Jackson: Welcome Home -- The Okeh Years, a collection that also features some of the standards featured here but surrounds them with some first-class pop-soul like "My Ship Is Coming In" and "Speak Her Name." It will do a much better job of satisfying your Walter Jackson from the mid-'60s needs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431809624
  • Catalog Number: 8096
  • Sales rank: 91,477

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Jackson Primary Artist
Riley Hampton Conductor
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Howard Barnes Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ted Cooper Composer
Manny Curtis Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Jule Styne Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
John Blackburn Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Carl Spencer Composer
Harold Cornelius Composer
Fangette Enzel Composer
Edward Zolas Composer
Dominic John Composer
Robert Luke Harshman Composer
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