Pay It Forward

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In many cases, collections of musical odds and ends -- a live rarity here, an alternate take there -- can be uneven and inconsistent. And the people they're aimed at -- mainly diehard fans and serious collectors -- are willing to live with that. They have more than just a casual interest in the artist's work, and even the less-from-essential stuff excites and intrigues them. Assembled in 2002 -- five years after Luther Allison's death -- Pay It Forward is the sort of odds-and-ends collection that tends to appeal to diehard fans rather than casual listeners. This CD, which spans 1985-1996, contains an abundance of previously unreleased material and ranges from various ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In many cases, collections of musical odds and ends -- a live rarity here, an alternate take there -- can be uneven and inconsistent. And the people they're aimed at -- mainly diehard fans and serious collectors -- are willing to live with that. They have more than just a casual interest in the artist's work, and even the less-from-essential stuff excites and intrigues them. Assembled in 2002 -- five years after Luther Allison's death -- Pay It Forward is the sort of odds-and-ends collection that tends to appeal to diehard fans rather than casual listeners. This CD, which spans 1985-1996, contains an abundance of previously unreleased material and ranges from various live performances to an alternate version of the dark, brooding "Cherry Red Wine." Pay It Forward would probably interest obsessive collectors even if it was wildly inconsistent, but thankfully, these live and studio recordings are generally solid -- and some are even excellent. Although this CD doesn't limit itself to Allison's more essential work, it nonetheless reminds us how productive a time the '80s and '90s were for the late singer/guitarist. Pay It Forward also demonstrates that Allison was more a prolific blues artist -- he was also a prolific soul artist. Allison is quite inspired on a live performance of Willie Dixon's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" recorded at the Stockholm Jazz and Blues Festival in 1991, but he also has a lot to say when he gets into soul-singer mode on the congenial "I Wanna Be with You," and a sweaty version of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" which was recorded live at the 1985 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Again, Pay It Forward isn't recommended to casual listeners, but it's easily recommended to those who count themselves among Allison's hardcore devotees.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Ruf
  • UPC: 710347106029
  • Catalog Number: 1060
  • Sales rank: 83,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wanna Be With You (4:16)
  2. 2 Still Called the Blues - James Solberg (5:33)
  3. 3 Dock of the Bay (8:17)
  4. 4 Just as I Am (5:08)
  5. 5 Nobody But You (3:42)
  6. 6 Perfume and Grime - Otis Grand (8:03)
  7. 7 Cherry Red Wine (4:23)
  8. 8 Idols in Mind - Bernard Allison (4:24)
  9. 9 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (8:18)
  10. 10 Slipping Away (5:26)
  11. 11 Love Is Free/I Know (11:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Allison Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Otis Grand Guitar
Bernard Allison Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Bingham Guitar
Michael Carras Keyboards
Jens Elbol Bass
Steve Gomes Bass
Neil Gouvin Drums
Sulaiman Hakim Saxophone
Roger Hawkins Drums
David Hood Bass
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Kenn Lending Guitar
Stan Mixon Bass
Anthony Palmer Guitar
James Solberg Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Verbeke Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Marla Glen Vocals
Bruce Elsensohn Hammond Organ
Dave Smith Bass
Mike Vlahakis Keyboards
Larry Ortega Drums
Vincent Daune Drums
Ken Faltinson Bass
Serge Plume Trumpet
Rob Stupka Drums
Jay Golden Bass
Jel Jongen Trombone
Thomas Fellow Acoustic Guitar
Constanze Friend Vocals
Frank J. Larsen Drums
Jorgen Lang Harmonica
Steve Potts Drums
Technical Credits
Luther Allison Producer
Otis Grand Liner Notes
Bernard Allison Producer
Michael Carras Producer
Jim Gaines Producer
Kenn Lending Liner Notes
James Solberg Producer
Patrick Verbeke Liner Notes
Tom "Curly" Ruff Producer, Liner Notes
Jos Haagmans Engineer
Constanze Friend Liner Notes
Thomas Adapoe Mastering
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