My True Story

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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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  • Aaron Neville: My True Story
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099962348928
  • Catalog Number: 623489
  • Sales rank: 5,425

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 Jr. 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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 IV Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Aaron and his band provide beautiful renditions of these many so

    Aaron and his band provide beautiful renditions of these many songs we grew up on.  I had the good fortune and pleasure of seeing  his concert during Nov. 2013 in MA and can add this CD is very close to their live performance.  I've played it several times over, it just puts a smile on my face.

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