Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
This typically generous collection from Rhino focuses on a lesser-known but worthwhile proponent of Southern soul. The songs collected here represent '70s R&B music at its most laid-back and thoughtful: The definitive track on Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore is the title cut, a gorgeous midtempo ballad that features Benny Latimore pouring out his heart in a gospel-tinged style over a simmering midtempo beat dominated by his fluid electric piano work. Most of the material here follows the same style, highlights including a jazzy, finger-popping take on the old standard "Stormy Monday Blues" and "Somethin' 'Bout Cha," a mellow groover reminiscent of Al ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
This typically generous collection from Rhino focuses on a lesser-known but worthwhile proponent of Southern soul. The songs collected here represent '70s R&B music at its most laid-back and thoughtful: The definitive track on Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore is the title cut, a gorgeous midtempo ballad that features Benny Latimore pouring out his heart in a gospel-tinged style over a simmering midtempo beat dominated by his fluid electric piano work. Most of the material here follows the same style, highlights including a jazzy, finger-popping take on the old standard "Stormy Monday Blues" and "Somethin' 'Bout Cha," a mellow groover reminiscent of Al Green's mid-'70s work. This consistency is both a blessing and a curse: Despite the overall solid nature of the material here, the lack of stylistic variation makes the songs repetitive after a while especially during the second half of the collection. That said, Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore does include all of Latimore's chart hits from his '70s era and allows the listener a convenient way to pick this material up in one fell swoop. As a result, it is worth a spin for hardcore '70s soul fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227199449
  • Catalog Number: 71994

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Latimore Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Al Kooper Organ, Piano
Gwen McCrae Background Vocals
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Freddie Scott Drums
Ron Bogdon Bass
Larry Byrom Guitar
Charles Chalmers Background Vocals
Donna Davis Background Vocals
Cynthia Douglas Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass
Joe Lala Percussion
Terry McMillan Harmonica, Percussion
Joey Murcia Guitar
Richie Puente Percussion
Bobby Radeloff Drums
Donna Rhodes Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes Background Vocals
Whit Sidener Flute, Horn
Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick Drums
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Arranger, Producer
Steve Alaimo Producer
Rae DiLeo Remastering
Bob Fisher Remastering
Joe Galdo Producer
Ish Ledesma Producer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Marsha Radcliffe Producer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Rickey Vincent Liner Notes
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