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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The third release from singer Earl Thomas seems like it emerged out of a mid- to late-'60s Muscle Shoals session. Jerry Wexler, producer of R&B legends like Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke, is a fan and supporter of the vocalist. He contributes liner notes comparing Thomas to some of the greats, reinforcing the connection. But after one spin, anyone who loves great soul music will instantly appreciate this terrific album. It's as if Thomas has tapped into the spirit that created the classic R&B/soul sound. Not only is the production free of almost all contemporary flourishes a synthesizer sneaks in unobtrusively on a few cuts, but the songwriting and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The third release from singer Earl Thomas seems like it emerged out of a mid- to late-'60s Muscle Shoals session. Jerry Wexler, producer of R&B legends like Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke, is a fan and supporter of the vocalist. He contributes liner notes comparing Thomas to some of the greats, reinforcing the connection. But after one spin, anyone who loves great soul music will instantly appreciate this terrific album. It's as if Thomas has tapped into the spirit that created the classic R&B/soul sound. Not only is the production free of almost all contemporary flourishes a synthesizer sneaks in unobtrusively on a few cuts, but the songwriting and playing -- especially the horn section -- is so authentic you'll be checking the credits for the recording date. Thomas wrote or co-wrote six of the ten songs, and they are nearly as good as the recognizable covers of "I'd Rather Go Blind," Ragovoy/Shuman's "Look at Granny Run Run," and Tony Johnson's "Midnight in Memphis." The singer's voice -- smooth but gutsy -- nails these tracks, but he never hogs the show or the arrangements, which are crisp and tight. Guitars and horns solo, then retreat to make room for Thomas' emotive vocals. A gospel-infused chorus helps bring religion to "I Won't Be Around," adding even more authenticity to the sound. "Stronger Than My Flame" fuses organ, snappy drums, punchy horns, and a searing performance from Thomas to make the tune fire on all cylinders. Those who have lost faith in the ability of contemporary soul music circa 2003 to capture the warmth, inspiration, and intensity of the '60s need to add this, as well as the previous two Earl Thomas albums, to their collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Memphis Int'l
  • UPC: 823862000724
  • Catalog Number: 620007
  • Sales rank: 224,735

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Thomas Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeff Paris Guitar, Background Vocals
Dean Smith Percussion, Conga
Jim Spake Saxophone
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Thomas Yearsley Bass
Steve Selvidge Guitar
Robbie Helm Saxophone
Sue Palmer Piano
Steve Snyder Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Aristotle Georgio Vocals
Kelley Hurt Vocals
Soren Sorensen Bass
Heine Andersen Guitar
Vladimir Yaravinsky Drums
George Bernardo Drums
Jewell Bridgeman Background Vocals
Angelic Willis Group Member
Jörgen Carlssen Bass
Leza Davis Group Member
Erik Eldenious Drums
Rikka Grier Group Member
Denyce Hubbard Group Member
Mark Hulls Guitar
Asmus Jensen Drums
Kyle Jester Guitar
Christian Kelly Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Jeff Paris Producer, Engineer
Earl Thomas Composer, Producer
Bill Foster Composer
Tony Johnson Composer
Jon Mathias Engineer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Jerry Wexler Liner Notes
Thomas Yearsley Producer, Engineer
Herb Jung Composer
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Assi Roar Composer
Posey Hedges Engineer
David Less Producer
Bryan Stratman Engineer
Jewell Bridgeman Composer
Kent Vegdahl Executive Producer
Ellington Jordan Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Stax Sound is BACK

    Move over Robert Cray

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