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Something Extra Special: The Complete Volt Recordings 1968-1971
     

Something Extra Special: The Complete Volt Recordings 1968-1971

by Jimmy Hughes
 
In the early and mid-'60s, Jimmy Hughes made a substantial, if rather subtle and underrated, contribution to the evolution of Southern soul with bluesy soul recordings for several labels. In 1968, he signed with Stax, then eagerly looking to bolster its roster after the death of Otis Redding and the loss of Sam &

Overview

In the early and mid-'60s, Jimmy Hughes made a substantial, if rather subtle and underrated, contribution to the evolution of Southern soul with bluesy soul recordings for several labels. In 1968, he signed with Stax, then eagerly looking to bolster its roster after the death of Otis Redding and the loss of Sam & Dave. Something Extra Special has all 11 tracks from his sole Stax LP, 1969's Something Special (most of which also appeared on singles), augmented by no less than 16 bonus tracks, including both tracks from a 1971 non-LP single and 14 previously unreleased cuts from the late '60s and early '70s. That makes it a great package for soul completists, but not the best Hughes compilation by any means. Relative to his best output, in fact, it might well have been better titled Something Ordinary rather than Something Extra Special. That's not to say it's bad or even subpar, but it is fairly average, period Southern soul, if a bit more blues-pop in flavor than the average soul material of the time. To be sure, some great figures were involved with the songwriting, including Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper, and Al Jackson (who produced much of Hughes' Stax output). There's nothing great, however, and in common with some other notable Southern soul singers, the production sometimes veered toward the unnecessarily slick. Hughes did maintain a high vocal standard throughout, and the better cuts tend to be the ones with a bluesier base, like "Look What I Got" (also done by Boz Scaggs on his first album) and Hayes and Porter's "Let 'Em Down Baby." While Hughes is not often cited as a possible influence (or even possibly that similar to) Al Green, some of the tracks, like "Did You Forget," have a groove not that far removed from Green's early Hi years, and a half-dozen of the 1971 recordings were actually cut at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667234122
catalogNumber:
6723412
Rank:
17025

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Hughes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer
Jimmy Hughes   Composer
Bob Smith   Cover Photo
George Jackson   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Bell   Composer,Producer
Ron Capone   Engineer
Charles Chalmers   Composer,Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Donna Rhodes   Composer
Sandra Rhodes   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer,Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Ty Hunter   Composer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Billy Davis   Composer
Honeya Thompson   Art Direction
Gwen Gordy   Composer
Robert Thomas   Composer
Melvin Davis   Composer

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