One More Time: The Chess Years

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Put on Billy Stewart's One More Time: The Chess Years. When you hear Bo Diddley's opening guitar on "Billy Blues," you know you're listening to something special. Billy Stewart ices the cake with a hiccupping, apologetic vocal. That lovely guitar melody was plagiarized and reappeared as "Love Is Strange," a big hit for Mickey & Sylvia. It doesn't get much better than "Strange Feeling," a warm floating song about the joys of new love. "I Do Love You" is a creamily concocted ballad -- he sings as if in a trance, playing off excellent backing blends by uncredited male vocalists. Stewart dazzles again on "Sitting in the Park"; the slow ballad speaks of utter rejection, ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Put on Billy Stewart's One More Time: The Chess Years. When you hear Bo Diddley's opening guitar on "Billy Blues," you know you're listening to something special. Billy Stewart ices the cake with a hiccupping, apologetic vocal. That lovely guitar melody was plagiarized and reappeared as "Love Is Strange," a big hit for Mickey & Sylvia. It doesn't get much better than "Strange Feeling," a warm floating song about the joys of new love. "I Do Love You" is a creamily concocted ballad -- he sings as if in a trance, playing off excellent backing blends by uncredited male vocalists. Stewart dazzles again on "Sitting in the Park"; the slow ballad speaks of utter rejection, sitting in a park waiting on your girl, and she never shows. The backing is majestic, and pushes Stewart to undreamed of heights, such as "Love Me," where he sounds uncompromisingly happy. If you like cool, mid-tempo ditties then you'll go for "How Nice It Is," an R&B charter. The lovely "I Cross My Heart" is a tearjerker; it sounds like the Dells on backing vocals with Stewart crooning like he was born to hurt, his soulful howl on the fade will make you tingle. Better known to some are his revitalization of pop/MOR standards "Summertime" and "Secret Lover." You get the full, unedited dose of the former. He does it his way, performing complete makeovers on both. "Golly Golly Gee" and "I'm in Love Oh, Yes I Am" deserve honorable mention for being borderline great. The latter is similar in feel and melody to "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by the Supremes & the Temptations. Stewart was one of a kind Otis Redding's singing style and stage performance was probably influenced by the late, great Billy Stewart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732602720
  • Catalog Number: 6027
  • Sales rank: 11,396

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Billy's Blues, Pt. 2 (2:24)
  2. 2 Fat Boy (2:44)
  3. 3 Reap What You Sow (2:25)
  4. 4 Sugar and Spice (2:50)
  5. 5 Strange Feeling (2:07)
  6. 6 Count Me Out (2:32)
  7. 7 I Do Love You (3:00)
  8. 8 Keep Lovin' (2:22)
  9. 9 Sitting in the Park (3:15)
  10. 10 Love Me (2:54)
  11. 11 Summertime (4:54)
  12. 12 How Nice It Is (3:08)
  13. 13 Because I Love You (2:06)
  14. 14 Every Day I Have the Blues (2:54)
  15. 15 Secret Love (2:58)
  16. 16 Cross My Heart (3:00)
  17. 17 One More Time (2:48)
  18. 18 Golly Golly Gee (2:58)
  19. 19 Tell Me the Truth (2:48)
  20. 20 I'm in Love (Oh, Yes I Am) (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Stewart Primary Artist, Vocals
Maurice White Drums
Bunky Green Alto Saxophone
Julian Priester Trombone
Paul Serrano Trumpet
Sonny Thompson Piano
John Avant Trombone
Bo Diddley Guitar
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Caston Piano
Pete Cosey Guitar
Morris Ellis Trombone
Burgess Gardner Trumpet
Jerome Green Maracas
John Howell Trumpet
Arthur Hoyle Trumpet
Morris Jennings Drums
Bob Neely Tenor Saxophone
George Patterson Alto Saxophone
Bryce Roberson Guitar
Louis Satterfield Electric Bass
Gerald Sims Guitar
Charles Stepney Vibes
Rubin Cooper Baritone Saxophone
Cleo Griffin Trumpet
Technical Credits
Paul Gayten Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Composer
Philip Adrian Wright Arranger, Director
Adam White Liner Notes
F. Humphrey Contributor
Billy Davis Composer
Roquel Davis Director
Unknown Composer
Phillips Composer
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