Lifetime

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
A life in the blues often means grinding out the same old shuffles and 12-bar ballads year after year, and many artists thrive in this milieu. But when the soulful singer Johnnie Taylor left the gospel of the Soul Stirrers for the secular music world he never stopped refining his sound to fit the times. In the '60s his singing had the virtuous sweetness of his mentor Sam Cooke, who produced Taylor's first lay releases. Taylor's 60's Stax Records are deep R&B; signed to Columbia in the 70's, he took to the dance music craze with the blues-ified "Disco Lady," which was a No.#1 hit on both the R&B and pop charts. The '80s and '90s found Taylor back at home with ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
A life in the blues often means grinding out the same old shuffles and 12-bar ballads year after year, and many artists thrive in this milieu. But when the soulful singer Johnnie Taylor left the gospel of the Soul Stirrers for the secular music world he never stopped refining his sound to fit the times. In the '60s his singing had the virtuous sweetness of his mentor Sam Cooke, who produced Taylor's first lay releases. Taylor's 60's Stax Records are deep R&B; signed to Columbia in the 70's, he took to the dance music craze with the blues-ified "Disco Lady," which was a No.#1 hit on both the R&B and pop charts. The '80s and '90s found Taylor back at home with folks like Z. Z. Hill and Bobby Blue Bland, reviving the blues in the South with a smoother sound geared toward the aging blues audiences of the '60s. All of these phases are captured in the three-CD box set Johnnie Taylor Lifetime, a wonderful retrospective that illustrates how many hues can be shaded into the blues. From the testifying on "The Love of God" through the humorous R&B hit "Who's Making Love" all the way to a very contemporary take on how gambling has affected poor people, "Last Two Dollars," Taylor sings in the moment. His perspective is that of a black man married to his southern roots, for better or worse. This is perhaps why Taylor never made it as big as Al Green, Sam Cooke, or Otis Redding. He had the voice and charisma of these stars, but his commitment never wandered far from home. As Lifetime documents, this remarkably consistent singer spent four decades (mainly) on the fringes of the big time, but he was always deep in the hearts of his fans.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Taylor gets honored with a three-CD box set for this career retrospective. And it truly is a career retrospective: it spans 1956-1999 and includes a good deal of material that he did for other labels before and after his lengthy Stax stint. It's true that you have to be a pretty deep Taylor fan to commit to nearly four hours of his music. It's also true that even if you are a big Taylor fan, you're likely to need some patience to last through some of the average cuts, or his stylistic transition from gospel to soul to disco and retro-soul. Overall, however, it's a fine commemoration of an important if not quite great soul star. The most valuable components of the set are found on disc one, which kicks off with a half-dozen gospel tunes from his stints with the Highway Q.C.'s and the Soul Stirrers in the late '50s, moving into some of his soul sides for Sam Cooke's SAR label in the early '60s. For the remainder of disc one and some of disc two, there are plenty of fine soul-blues cuts from his early days at Stax in the mid-to-late '60s that will be familiar to relatively few listeners, his fine soul-blues-gospel vocal blend resulting in some of his finest work. As time wore on -- even starting in the early '70s -- Taylor's material got duller and more homogenized, though there were always some highlights to perk up your ears. Unsurprisingly, then, like most box sets, this gets less interesting the closer it draws to the finish line, although wisely his late-'70s Columbia era yes, "Disco Lady" is here and post-'70s Malaco output is represented by a mere four cuts each. Ultimately, it's a well-done summation of Taylor's legacy, with an accompanying 50-page booklet including essay, discography, and photos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218443227
  • Catalog Number: 4432
  • Sales rank: 37,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This (2:43)
  2. 2 Heaven Is My Home (2:29)
  3. 3 The Love Of God (2:13)
  4. 4 Out On A Hill (2:43)
  5. 5 Until Then (2:21)
  6. 6 When The Gates Swing Open (2:58)
  7. 7 Never, Never (2:40)
  8. 8 Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) (2:36)
  9. 9 Dance What You Wanna (2:32)
  10. 10 Baby, We've Got Love (2:09)
  11. 11 I Had A Dream (3:02)
  12. 12 Easy Lovin' (3:01)
  13. 13 I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby (2:58)
  14. 14 Just the One (I've Been Looking For) (2:50)
  15. 15 Part Time Love (3:39)
  16. 16 Sixteen Tons (7:04)
  17. 17 Somebody's Sleeping In My Bed (2:48)
  18. 18 Blues in the Night (3:03)
  19. 19 Save Your Love for Me (2:22)
  20. 20 I Need Lots Of Love (4:47)
  21. 21 You Can't Win With A Losing Hand (2:33)
  22. 22 Rumors (2:51)
  23. 23 You Don't Know Like I Know (2:42)
  24. 24 Twenty Years From Today (2:43)
  25. 25 Twenty Years From Today (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Little Bluebird (3:14)
  2. 2 Toe Hold (3:12)
  3. 3 That's Where It's At (3:34)
  4. 4 I Ain't Particular (2:49)
  5. 5 Woman Across The River (3:15)
  6. 6 Who's Making Love? (2:48)
  7. 7 I'm Not The Same Person (3:06)
  8. 8 I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (2:59)
  9. 9 Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now (3:23)
  10. 10 Take Care Of Your Homework (2:40)
  11. 11 Testify (I Wanna) (4:06)
  12. 12 Separation Line (3:43)
  13. 13 I Could Never Be President (2:19)
  14. 14 Love Bones (4:07)
  15. 15 Steal Away (3:30)
  16. 16 Steal Away (6:17)
  17. 17 I Am Somebody, Pts. 1-2 (5:50)
  18. 18 Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone (3:03)
  19. 19 I Don't Wanna Lose You, Pt. 1-2 (5:26)
  20. 20 Don't Take My Sunshine (3:21)
  21. 21 Hijackin' Love (3:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Standing In For Jody (4:02)
  2. 2 Doing My Own Thing, Pt. 1 (3:46)
  3. 3 Stop Doggin' Me (4:15)
  4. 4 I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) (5:09)
  5. 5 Cheaper To Keep Her (3:31)
  6. 6 We're Getting Careless With Our Love (4:03)
  7. 7 Starting All Over Again (4:16)
  8. 8 I've Been Born Again (3:22)
  9. 9 It's September (3:37)
  10. 10 Try Me Tonight (3:22)
  11. 11 Free (3:55)
  12. 12 Disco Lady (4:30)
  13. 13 Running Out Of Lies (4:55)
  14. 14 God Is Standing By (4:28)
  15. 15 Play Something Pretty (4:06)
  16. 16 Lady, My Whole World Is You (3:23)
  17. 17 Lover Boy (3:57)
  18. 18 Last Two Dollars (5:18)
  19. 19 Soul Heaven (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnnie Taylor Primary Artist, Guitar
Steve Cropper Guitar
Frederick Knight Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Leonard Williams Background Vocals
Lee Richardson Vocals
Thomisene Anderson Background Vocals
Gary Armstrong Horn
Joe Arnold Saxophone
Jack Ashford Tambourine
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Bootsy Collins Bass
Harrison Calloway Horn
Ben Cauley Horn
Roger Clark Percussion, Drums
Leroy Crume Guitar, Vocals
Don Davis Guitar
Mickey Davis Strings
Janet Dressler Strings
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Ronnie Eades Horn
Paul Foster Vocals
Richard Gibbs Vocals
Ray Griffin Bass
Isaac Hayes Organ, Piano
Leroy Hadley Guitar
Rene Hall Leader
Claudette Hampton Strings
Roger Hawkins Drums
Catherine Henderson Background Vocals
Eddie Hinton Guitar
David Hood Bass
Jim Horn Horn
Clayton Ivey Keyboards
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Andrew Love Saxophone
Bobby Manuel Guitar
Will McFarlane Guitar
Tim Mika Strings
Earl Palmer Drums
Peggy Plucker Strings
Bob Ray Bass
James Robertson Drums
R.B. Robinson Vocals
Rudy Robinson Keyboards
Charles Rose Horn
Spencer Taylor Vocals
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Marvell Thomas Keyboards
Harvey Thompson Horn
Carson Whitsett Keyboards
Dino Zimmerman Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Bob McNally Strings
Bobby Jackson Guitar
John Anderson Trumpet
Vickie Lancaster Percussion
Vinnie Ciesielski Horn
Bennett Randman Strings
Linda Geidel Strings
John Frantz Strings
Raymond Jackson Guitar
Brian Gum Strings
Quanda Brooks Vocals
Sybil Cheesman Flute
Dennis Soule Horn
Johnny Soul Percussion, Drums
Angela Walls Background Vocals
Charles Richardson Vocals
LaTonya Youngblood Background Vocals
Arthur Franklin Bass
Sonya Washington Background Vocals
John Ewing Trombone
Booker T. Jones III Organ, Piano
Jesse J. Farley Vocals
Edgar Redmond Saxophone
Arthur Armstrong Guitar
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Roger Hodgson Composer
Frederick Knight Programming
Clay Hammond Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Harvey Scales Composer
Paul Kelly Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Charles Richard Cason Composer
Rick Davies Composer
Billy Davis Jr. Composer
Don Davis Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Tony Hester Composer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Russell Jackson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Paul Jordan Composer
David Porter Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Cam Wilson Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
James Alexander Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction, Slipcover Concept
Raymond Jackson Composer
Linda Kalin Booklet Design
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Kent Barker Composer
Arthur Snyder Composer
Lee Vance Composer
Richard Wylie Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
David Johnson Composer
Johnston Composer
Kelly Composer
Johnson Composer
D. Taylor Composer
Betty Prudhomme Composer
Beverly Prudhomme Composer
Allen Jones Composer
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