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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Simply put, this massive six-CD set contains all seven Atlantic albums that Collectables licensed and reissued on CD; all of them are solid. They are: 1969's Much Les; 1970's Comment; 1973's Layers; 1974's Another Beginning, 1975's Hustle to Survive; and the pairing on a single disc of 1972's Talk to the People and 1976's River High, River Low. These recordings are important ones in McCann's catalog because they mark the route he made as he began and cemented the successful transition from being a jazz artist to a soul artist. Among these 56 recordings are so many gems it's superfluous to name them here, because the albums themselves are all worthy and a few -- Much Les, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Simply put, this massive six-CD set contains all seven Atlantic albums that Collectables licensed and reissued on CD; all of them are solid. They are: 1969's Much Les; 1970's Comment; 1973's Layers; 1974's Another Beginning, 1975's Hustle to Survive; and the pairing on a single disc of 1972's Talk to the People and 1976's River High, River Low. These recordings are important ones in McCann's catalog because they mark the route he made as he began and cemented the successful transition from being a jazz artist to a soul artist. Among these 56 recordings are so many gems it's superfluous to name them here, because the albums themselves are all worthy and a few -- Much Les, Comment, Layers, Hustle to Survive, and Talk to the People -- are absolutely necessary. Fans who bought most of these recordings singly will likely have to debate whether they want to purchase them again in nothing more than a shoddy slipcase as a package, but it is important for any serious McCann collector to own all six of these CDs. This is soulful jazz and jazzy funk at their very best during a very fertile period in the artist's long and distinguished career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431118221
  • Catalog Number: 1182
  • Sales rank: 211,717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maybe You'll Come Back (3:58)
  2. 2 The Song of Love (3:12)
  3. 3 When It's Over (10:25)
  4. 4 Somebody's Been Lying 'Bout Me (3:33)
  5. 5 Go On and Cry (5:19)
  6. 6 My Soul Lies Deep (5:21)
  7. 7 The Morning Song (3:40)
  8. 8 Someday We'll Meet Again (6:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Us (5:18)
  2. 2 Changing Seasons (4:18)
  3. 3 Got to Hustle to Survive (4:04)
  4. 4 Butterflies/Everytime I See a Butterfly (8:05)
  5. 5 Says Who Says What? (4:31)
  6. 6 Will We Ever Find Our Fathers (5:10)
  7. 7 Well, Cuss My Daddy (4:15)
  8. 8 Why is Now (4:12)
  9. 9 Let Your Learning Be your Eyes (5:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 How Many Broken Wings (3:30)
  2. 2 Can't We Be Strangers Again (5:09)
  3. 3 Unless It's You (5:01)
  4. 4 What I Call Soul (4:11)
  5. 5 Comment (5:27)
  6. 6 Baby, Baby (2:52)
  7. 7 Yours Is My Heart Alone (6:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sometimes I Cry (5:21)
  2. 2 Let's Gather (1:13)
  3. 3 Anticipation (0:52)
  4. 4 Dunbar High School Marching Band (6:06)
  5. 5 Soaring, Pt. 1 (5:53)
  6. 6 Harlem Buck Street Dance (5:55)
  7. 7 Interlude (0:35)
  8. 8 Before I Rest (3:41)
  9. 9 Let's Play (4:27)
  10. 10 It Never Stopped in My Home Town (1:49)
  11. 11 Soaring, Pt. 2 (8:01)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Doin' That Thing (8:32)
  2. 2 With These Hands (5:35)
  3. 3 Burnin' Coal (6:36)
  4. 4 Benjamin (5:45)
  5. 5 Love for Sale (6:34)
  6. 6 Roberta (8:51)
Disc 6
  1. 1 What's Going On (7:28)
  2. 2 Shamading (3:36)
  3. 3 Seems So Long (3:03)
  4. 4 She's Here (5:47)
  5. 5 North Carolina (9:13)
  6. 6 Let It Lay (5:17)
  7. 7 Talk To The People (9:14)
  8. 8 You Little Cheat (2:23)
  9. 9 I'm Back Home (3:47)
  10. 10 Loved You Full in Every Way (3:18)
  11. 11 A Hand from the Crowd (3:16)
  12. 12 I'm a Liberated Woman (3:10)
  13. 13 River High, River Low (6:37)
  14. 14 I've Been Thinking About My Problems (3:30)
  15. 15 What is It That We Have to Do to Let Our Children Grow (7:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les McCann Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Clarinet, Piano, Conductor, Drums, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Arp Pro Soloist
Roberta Flack Piano, Vocals
The Persuasions Background Vocals
Billy Butler Guitar
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass
Stanley Cowell Organ
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Herbie Hancock Piano
Jimmy Owens Trumpet
Paul Humphrey Drums
Danny Moore Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Seldon Powell Alto Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Roy Gaines Guitar
Al Brown Viola
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Bells
Gene McDaniels Choir, Chorus
David Nadien Violin
Kiane Zawadi Trombone
Sanford Allen Violin
Morgan Ames Background Vocals
Julien Barber Viola
Billy Barnes Background Vocals
Willie Bobo Timbales
Garnett Brown Trombone
Carmen Bryant Background Vocals
Herb Bushler Bass
Sister Charlotte Background Vocals
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Buck Clarke Percussion, Bongos, Bells, Blocks
Selwart Clarke Violin
Billy Cobham Drums
Kathy Collier Background Vocals
Clarence Cooper Choir, Chorus
Harry Cykman Violin
Harold Davis Percussion, Drums
Donald Dean Percussion, Drums, Bells
Joel Dorn Background Vocals
Max Ellen Violin
Bob Esty Background Vocals
Paul Gershman Violin
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Emanuel Green Violin
Dick Griffin Trombone
Roland Hanna Harpsichord
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Norma Holmes Background Vocals
Miroslaw Kudykowski Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richard Landry Baritone Saxophone
Keith Loving Guitar
Junior Mance Piano
Marti McCall Background Vocals
Eugene McDaniels Background Vocals
Susan McDaniels Background Vocals
Kermit Moore Cello
Victor Pantoja Conga
Benjamin Powell Trombone
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Shiela Raye Vocals
George Ricci Cello
Margaret Ross Harp
Jimmy Rowser Bass, Percussion, Electric Bass, Violin (Bass)
Billy Slapin Clarinet, Saxophone
Sally Stevens Background Vocals
Richard Tee Piano
Harold Vick Saxophone
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Frank Wess Saxophone
Bert de Coteaux Conductor
Barbara Brown Choir, Chorus
Renelie Stafford Background Vocals
Deidre Tuck Background Vocals
Vennette Gloud Background Vocals
John Mayer Piano
Richard Williams Trumpet
Greer Brown Choir, Chorus
William Fischer Conductor
James Rowser Bass, Electric Bass
Joe Malin Violin
Merrill Smolen Background Vocals
Laurence Moore Background Vocals
Joseph Wilder Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tamiko Loving Background Vocals
Stewart Liebig Bass, Guitar
Terre Nappi Choir, Chorus
Jamie Mulligan Choir, Chorus
Anna Barnes Choir, Chorus
Aeuie Draper Choir, Chorus
Jane Fischer Choir, Chorus
Loretta Ritter Choir, Chorus
Dennis Devitt Choir, Chorus
Diane Gabay Choir, Chorus
Denisia Frey Choir, Chorus
Francesca Michaelides Choir, Chorus
Paula Roberts Choir, Chorus
Patricia Mulligan Choir, Chorus
Susan McD Choir, Chorus
Bejamin Powell Trombone
Technical Credits
Franz Lehár Composer
William Eaton Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Roberta Flack Original Liner Notes
Marvin Gaye Composer
Ron Carter String Section
Les McCann Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements, Arp String Ensemble
Peter Allen Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Charles Wright Composer
Morgan Ames Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Adrian Barber Engineer
Billy Barnes Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Selwart Clarke String Director, String Section
Stewart Clarke String Director
Al Cleveland Composer
Winston Collymore String Section
Noel DaCosta String Section
Harold Davis Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Original Liner Notes
Richard Elias String Section
Nesuhi Ertegun Executive Producer
Jerome Gasper Engineer
Emanuel Green String Section
Theodore Israel String Section
Kelly Kotera Engineer
Miroslaw Kudykowski Composer
Warren Laffredo String Section
Bob Liftin Engineer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Jon Mayer Composer
Kermit Moore String Section
Cole Porter Composer
Harvey Shapiro String Section
Jack Shaw Producer
Tony Silvester Producer
Alan Varner Engineer
Leroy Vinnegar Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Yusuf Rahman Composer
Marvin Israel Cover Design
Lee Tanner Cover Photo
Bill Arlt Engineer
Walter Hazzard Original Liner Notes
Robert "Lip" Liftin Original Liner Notes
Benny Davis Composer
Helen Lewis Composer
Kay Lewis Composer
Beda Fritz Loehner Composer
Abner Silverand Composer
Tiny Barge Composer
Ron Neal Original Liner Notes
Ludwig Herzer Composer
Harry B. Smith Composer
William Fischer Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, String Director
James Rowser Composer
Rev. Bee Composer
Jesse Califano Cover Photo
Bernard Ighner Composer
Rick Heenan Engineer
Bill Micks Back Cover Photo
Jill Lynn Composer
Roger Cassini Composer
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