Natural Man/Classic Lou

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lou Rawls' tenure at MGM Records, which is chronicled on this compilation, was relatively brief lasting less than three years and not particularly successful. It began well with the Top 20 pop, soul, and easy listening chart success of "A Natural Man" in the fall of 1971, but then declined commercially, although the Natural Man LP and its 1972 follow-up, Silk & Soul, made the pop and soul charts, the latter producing a soul-singles chart entry in "His Song Shall Be Sung"; "Walk on In" from the third MGM LP, A Man of Value 1972, made the easy listening charts. Before leaving MGM, Rawls also recorded a concert album, Live at the Century Plaza 1973, and contributed a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lou Rawls' tenure at MGM Records, which is chronicled on this compilation, was relatively brief lasting less than three years and not particularly successful. It began well with the Top 20 pop, soul, and easy listening chart success of "A Natural Man" in the fall of 1971, but then declined commercially, although the Natural Man LP and its 1972 follow-up, Silk & Soul, made the pop and soul charts, the latter producing a soul-singles chart entry in "His Song Shall Be Sung"; "Walk on In" from the third MGM LP, A Man of Value 1972, made the easy listening charts. Before leaving MGM, Rawls also recorded a concert album, Live at the Century Plaza 1973, and contributed a song to the soundtrack of the film Soul of Nigger Charley 1973. This material is the source of the 15 tracks on Natural Man/Classic Lou, and it results in a representative collection covering the eclectic range of styles in which Rawls has always performed. Relying on his deep, rich voice, he sings with confidence everything from the bluesy "I'm a King Bee" and the Beatles cover "Got to Get You into My Life" to Duke Ellington's jazz ballad "Sophisticated Lady." The selections from Live at the Century Plaza include re-recordings of Rawls' hits, like "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" and "Dead End Street." This album is a portrait of the artist in transition from his early, sometimes gritty Capitol Records period of the '60s to his creamier Philadelphia International Records period of the '70s. It isn't essential Lou Rawls by any means, but it is typically enjoyable, and it fills a gap in his CD catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Polygram Mod Afw
  • UPC: 731454977623
  • Catalog Number: 549776
  • Sales rank: 174,755

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Don Costa Composer, Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Yvonne Wright Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Remastering
Dave Linden Composer
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