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Overnight Sensational

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Sam Moore could sing the phonebook, and producer Randy Jackson could get that phonebook a record deal and a boatload of guest stars. Together, they've recorded this long-overdue reintroduction of Moore for the American Idol set. It's hard to judge Jackson's affection for Moore: Does he pile on the guest stars as a tribute to Sam's talent, or to sweeten the album's allure for pop fans forgetful of one of soul's signature voices? If it's the former, why such a grab bag of stars -- Sting, Springsteen, Billy Preston -- plus B-list Jackson protégés including Van Hunt and Zucchero? For his part, Sam Moore remains a soul explosion, and when he isn't buried under a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Sam Moore could sing the phonebook, and producer Randy Jackson could get that phonebook a record deal and a boatload of guest stars. Together, they've recorded this long-overdue reintroduction of Moore for the American Idol set. It's hard to judge Jackson's affection for Moore: Does he pile on the guest stars as a tribute to Sam's talent, or to sweeten the album's allure for pop fans forgetful of one of soul's signature voices? If it's the former, why such a grab bag of stars -- Sting, Springsteen, Billy Preston -- plus B-list Jackson protégés including Van Hunt and Zucchero? For his part, Sam Moore remains a soul explosion, and when he isn't buried under a guest-star's melisma, his voice rings out with power and authority. Very little seems to have changed since the days of "Hold On, I'm Comin'." And far from the phonebook, Moore is given some great, if occasionally predictable material, including "None of Us Are Free" (mined by Solomon Burke for his Joe Henry-led rebirth) and some country songs along the lines of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe." For all the gestures to soul and the old school, Jackson smoothes most of the edges off of the instrumentation, and the phoned-in contributions from the raft of guest stars don't even pretend to in-studio spontaneity. Moore, though, takes it in stride, seemingly as pliant to his producer's vision in 2006 as he was in the '60s. That's what used to be known as professionalism, and more than anything, Overnight Sensation proves Moore a consummate pro. He even gives the spotlight over to the late Billy Preston on the closing "You Are So Beautiful." Now that's old-school.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Some sage told us years ago that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Overnight Sensational is an album with enough good intentions to choke a horse. Sam Moore was one of the great men of 1960s soul as half of Sam & Dave, but like his former partner Dave Prater who passed away in 1988 once the duo broke up, Moore had a hard time getting a solo career off the ground, and his star turned dim in the '70s. There's no arguing that Sam Moore deserves a second shot at the spotlight, and his voice is still in fine shape, but his wife and manager, Joyce Moore, decided that the best way to relaunch Sam's career was to create an "event" album around him, with a name producer and a gaggle of guest stars. On Overnight Sensational, the name producer turns out to be Randy Jackson, a session musician best known as one of the judges on American Idol, and Jackson has saddled Moore with some dubious choices in terms of material and duet partners many of whom, judging from the credits, weren't even in the same room with Moore when they recorded their parts. If you ever dreamed of hearing Sam Moore sing songs made famous by Milli Vanilli, Garth Brooks, Seals & Crofts, and Conway Twitty, well, this is your lucky day, but while Moore gives each song his level best, the cheese factor on this album is woefully high. It's true that Moore has a long, rich tradition of singing with a partner, but Wynonna Judd, Paul Rodgers, Fantasia, and Zucchero blend with Moore about as well as oil mixes with water, with Mariah Carey's wordless melismatic wanderings on "It's Only Make Believe" slinking under the line as the album's low point. Fortunately, however, Moore, who must have some spiritual tie to New Jersey, does have a track apiece with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the artists who come off the best by a considerable margin here and consequently save this album's day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Rhino Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227761820
  • Catalog Number: 77618
  • Sales rank: 29,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Stand the Rain - Wynonna (3:52)
  2. 2 Better to Have and Not Need (3:53)
  3. 3 Blame It on the Rain - Fantasia (3:26)
  4. 4 Lookin' for a Love (3:23)
  5. 5 Ain't No Love (4:46)
  6. 6 None of Us Are Free (4:03)
  7. 7 It's Only Make Believe (3:08)
  8. 8 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) (3:29)
  9. 9 If I Had No Loot - Nikka Costa (4:22)
  10. 10 Riding Thumb (3:50)
  11. 11 We Shall Be Free - Paul Rogers (3:25)
  12. 12 You Are So Beautiful (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Moore Primary Artist
Travis Tritt Vocals
Jon Bon Jovi Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Billy Preston Piano, Hammond Organ, Guest Appearance
Paul Rodgers Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sting Vocals
Steve Winwood Hammond Organ, Vocals
Jimmy Woods Harmonica, Background Vocals
Mike Finnigan Hammond Organ
David T. Walker Guitar
Robert Bacon Guitar
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Michael Bland Drums
Bekka Bramlett Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mariah Carey Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eric Clapton Guitar, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Kenneth Crouch Piano, Keyboards
Joel Derouin Violin
Sheila E. Percussion, Guest Appearance
Armen Garabedian Violin
Billy Gibbons Guitar, Guest Appearance
Vince Gill Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wynonna Judd Vocals, Guest Appearance
Cornelius Mims Bass
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Tommy Simms Bass
Tommy Sims Bass
David Stenske Viola
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara Violin
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Lionel Cole Keyboards, Background Vocals
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Tim Akers Keyboards, Clavinet
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
Dan Needham Drums
BeBe Winans Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sharlotte Gibson Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass, Background Vocals
John Shanks Guitar
Reggie C. Young Trombone
Rudy Stein Cello
Adie Grey Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll Guitar
James "Jamie" Gamble Drums
Susannah Chapman Violin
Van Hunt Vocals
Gerry Hilera Violin
Robert Randolph Pedal Steel Guitar, Guest Appearance
Nikka Costa Vocals
Sonny Thompson Bass
Alyssa Park Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Michelle Richards Violin
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Sherree Ford Brown Background Vocals
Kenneth Lionel Cole fender rhodes
Shana Crooks Background Vocals
Andrew Dickles Viola
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Garth Brooks Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Paul Carrack Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Jay Mitchell Programming
Homer Banks Composer
Thomas Bingham Composer
Donald Bryant Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Dash Crofts Composer
Stephanie Davis Composer
Alan Douglas Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Bruce Fisher Composer
Roger Friedman Associate Executive Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Bernard Miller Composer
Jack Nance Composer
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Ann Peebles Composer
Toby Scott Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
James Alexander Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
John Colbert Composer
Jim Seals Composer
Neal Preston Cover Photo
Randy Jackson Producer
David Gorman Art Direction
Mike Rew Engineer
Zelda Samuels Composer
Brian Garten Engineer, Digital Editing
Betty Nelson Composer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer, Digital Editing
Jeff Kanan Digital Editing
James Towler Engineer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
Stuart Benjamin Executive Producer
Arthur Nakata Art Direction
Valerie Ervin Associate Executive Producer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great! Great! Great!

    I saw Sam Moore this a.m. while watching Imus on TV. I bought his CD as soon as the stores opened - and I rode around in my car playing it LOUD and enjoying every minute of it. My taste is usually Alan Jackson and Josh Groban, but this CD by Sam Moore is my new favorite. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

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