John Gary Williams

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
John Gary Williams had been a longtime member of the Stax soul vocal group the Mad Lads before starting a solo career after the group broke up in the early '70s. His self-titled 1973 album is one of the most obscure Stax LPs, in part because it was issued as the company started to cease operations. He wrote five of the eight tracks on the record, producing five of them as well and co-producing the others. Though not a major effort in the scheme of either early-'70s soul or the Stax catalog, it's a pleasant assortment of sweet soul tracks, with a slightly earthier edge than many recordings in the genre boasted. Most of the songs are upbeat romantic numbers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
John Gary Williams had been a longtime member of the Stax soul vocal group the Mad Lads before starting a solo career after the group broke up in the early '70s. His self-titled 1973 album is one of the most obscure Stax LPs, in part because it was issued as the company started to cease operations. He wrote five of the eight tracks on the record, producing five of them as well and co-producing the others. Though not a major effort in the scheme of either early-'70s soul or the Stax catalog, it's a pleasant assortment of sweet soul tracks, with a slightly earthier edge than many recordings in the genre boasted. Most of the songs are upbeat romantic numbers highlighting Williams' smooth, high vocals, inserting covers of songs by the Four Tops, the Spinners, and more unexpectedly Bobby Goldsboro. The most impressive cuts, by a long shot, are the ones that steer away from the usual romantic themes to make general social observations. The opener "I See Hope" is a lively, dramatic expression of optimism; the closing "The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy," in contrast, reflects the pessimism infiltrating much early-'70s soul, the gently percolating grooves and soaring strings offsetting lyrics of confusion at the backstabbing state of the modern world. [The 2010 CD reissue on BGP adds historical liner notes and both sides of the subsequent single "Come What May"/"Just Ain't No Love Without You Here," two midtempo tunes with a similar vibe to those on the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667522526
  • Catalog Number: 6752252
  • Sales rank: 239,259

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Gary Williams Primary Artist
Earl Thomas Bass
Willie Hall Drums
Bobby Manuel Guitar
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Strings
Lester Snell Keyboards
Marvell Thomas Keyboards
Michael Toles Guitar
Richard Williams Background Vocals
The Newcomers Background Vocals
William Brown Background Vocals
The South Memphis Horns Horn
Hot Buttered Soul Background Vocals
Ray Cunningham Drums
Michael Cooper Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Russell Composer
Pete Bishop Engineer
Willie Hall Composer, Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Robert Jackson Engineer
Larry Nix Mastering
Lester Snell Arranger, Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
John Gary Williams Composer, Producer
Yvette Davis Composer
William Brown Composer, Engineer
Williams Stevenson Composer
John Allen Arranger
Dale O. Warren Arranger
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