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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ovations might be most respected among serious soul fans for the recordings they made for the Goldwax label, many of which are available on a different Kent CD compilation, Goldwax Recordings. They actually had their biggest chart success, however, in the 1970s, an era covered by the 21 tracks on this anthology. Drawn from tracks they released on the Sounds of Memphis, MGM, Chess, and XL labels, as well as some previously unissued cuts, it includes their 1972 Top 20 R&B hit "Touching Me," and their Top Ten R&B charter from the following year, "Having a Party." As on their previous recordings, what's most striking about these is the incredible resemblance ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ovations might be most respected among serious soul fans for the recordings they made for the Goldwax label, many of which are available on a different Kent CD compilation, Goldwax Recordings. They actually had their biggest chart success, however, in the 1970s, an era covered by the 21 tracks on this anthology. Drawn from tracks they released on the Sounds of Memphis, MGM, Chess, and XL labels, as well as some previously unissued cuts, it includes their 1972 Top 20 R&B hit "Touching Me," and their Top Ten R&B charter from the following year, "Having a Party." As on their previous recordings, what's most striking about these is the incredible resemblance of Louis Williams' lead vocals to those of Sam Cooke, not only in the vocal tone, but also in the phrasing and mannerisms. That can be a mixed blessing, as Williams too often sounds like he's trying to make the similarity deliberate, even if he's about as capable a Cooke soundalike as there ever was. If covering Cooke himself with "Having a Party" seemed to be taking things too far, the public didn't seem to think so, giving the Ovations their biggest hit. While the other songs on this collection aren't as outstanding tune-wise as "Having a Party," most of them are serviceable vehicles for Williams and his backup singers to do the sub-Cooke thing, with solid production that's not down-home Southern, but not overly sweet either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667229425
  • Catalog Number: 294
  • Sales rank: 71,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hooked on a Feeling - Louis Williams (3:01)
  2. 2 I Can't Be Satisfied - Louis Williams (3:35)
  3. 3 One in a Million - Louis Williams (3:05)
  4. 4 Take It from One Who Knows - Louis Williams (3:24)
  5. 5 So Nice to Be Loved by You - Louis Williams (2:34)
  6. 6 Touching Me - Louis Williams (3:44)
  7. 7 Don't Break Your Promise - Louis Williams (2:53)
  8. 8 You'll Never Know - Louis Williams (3:46)
  9. 9 Soul Train - Louis Williams (2:45)
  10. 10 Having a Party - Louis Williams (3:32)
  11. 11 I Can't Believe It's Over - Louis Williams (4:13)
  12. 12 Don't Say You Love Me (If You Don't Mean It) - Louis Williams (2:15)
  13. 13 I'm in Love - Louis Williams (2:39)
  14. 14 Pure Natural Love - Louis Williams (2:40)
  15. 15 Sweet Thing - Louis Williams (2:52)
  16. 16 Till I Find Some Way - Louis Williams (3:07)
  17. 17 I Care for You - Louis Williams (4:30)
  18. 18 Hangin' On - Louis Williams (3:03)
  19. 19 I Can't Believe It's Over - Louis Williams (2:54)
  20. 20 You're My Little Girl - Louis Williams (3:57)
  21. 21 Gotta Get Free - Louis Williams (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ovations Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
George Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Curb Producer, Audio Production
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Frank Farley Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Arranger
Clayton Ivey Producer, Audio Production
Nick Robbins Mastering
Jerry Styner Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Terry Woodford Composer, Producer
Louis Williams Composer
Ira Allen Composer
Glenn Ballantyne Composer
Martina Goggin Liner Notes
Will Young Composer
Buddy Mize Composer
James Dotson Composer
Dan Greer Audio Production
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