My True Story

My True Story

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by Aaron Neville
     
 

Back in 1985, Aaron Neville offered fans a glimpse of his love of doo wop with the EP Orchid in the Storm. Over a quarter-century later, he returns to it on My True Story. Doo wop pre-dates rock & roll. Its reliance on the human voice in group harmony communicates not only melody but rhythm, and influenced the sounds of Motown, Stax, and early rock &…  See more details below

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Back in 1985, Aaron Neville offered fans a glimpse of his love of doo wop with the EP Orchid in the Storm. Over a quarter-century later, he returns to it on My True Story. Doo wop pre-dates rock & roll. Its reliance on the human voice in group harmony communicates not only melody but rhythm, and influenced the sounds of Motown, Stax, and early rock & roll. Even Frank Zappa claimed it as a prime influence. Co-produced by Keith Richards and Blue Note label boss Don Was, the dozen tunes here make prime use of Neville's voice, placing his high, smooth, vulnerable tenor way up front; he is backed by vintage-era doo wop singers and an all-star band that includes Richards and Greg Leisz on guitars, Benmont Tench on keyboards, bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer George R. Receli. Lenny Pickett helps out on horns and winds on a number of tracks as well. The production is clean, the musical backing used more as texture and color than as real support -- Neville and his vocalists offer all the impetus needed to pull this off (indeed one wonders what this set might have sounded like a cappella). The tunes are all classics. Standouts include Lieber & Stoller's "Ruby Baby," a medley of Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman's "This Magic Moment" and "True Love," Hank Ballard's "Work with Me Annie" (featuring a guest appearance from Art Neville on B-3), Sylvester Bradford's and Al Lewis' "Tears on My Pillow," and Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman." The latter marries doo wop to early Chicago soul, and Neville celebrates this in his reading. "Be My Baby," which will forever be associated with the Ronettes and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, is stripped back to the source music that inspired its authors, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Spector -- even when adding a Pickett flute solo to the chart. Ultimately, My True Story is a smooth, mostly laid-back, and soulful recording by Neville. He provides a healthy -- sometimes overly -- reverential respect for the original material. Coupled with his vocals, these restrained yet imaginative arrangements offer some surprising twists and turns.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2013
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
5099962348928
catalogNumber:
623489
Rank:
1230

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aaron Neville   Primary Artist
Art Neville   Hammond B3
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Bobby Jay   Background Vocals
Joel Katz   Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Flute,Saxophone
Keith Richards   Guitar
Tony Scherr   Bass
Eugene Pitt   Background Vocals
Dickie Harmon   Background Vocals
Earl Smith   Background Vocals
George G. Receli   Drums
David Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Nugetre   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Keith Richards   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Don Was   Producer
John Marascalco   Composer
Marc Allan   Management
Chris Shaw   Engineer
Shanieka D. Brooks   Marketing
Ben Lorio   Engineer
O. Waltzer   Composer
G. Motola   Composer
Phil Joly   Engineer
Hayden Miller   Art Direction
William R. Moesta   Engineer

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