Talk to the People/River High, River Low

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Les McCann reached the apotheosis of his funk odyssey with these two dates for Atlantic. 1972's Talk to the People borrows heavily from the transcendent Motown efforts of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and even if he's not in their same league as a vocalist, McCann nevertheless invests covers of their "What's Going On" and "Seems So Long" with soulful grit and impassioned honesty. He does rival Wonder for sheer funkiness, however. "Shamading" is an absolute monster groove that will turn your ass to jelly. And his keyboard playing is, as usual, top-notch. With River High, River Low McCann completes his transformation from jazz to soul. While elements of fusion still creep ...
See more details below
CD
$12.62
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $10.98   
  • New (3) from $10.98   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Les McCann reached the apotheosis of his funk odyssey with these two dates for Atlantic. 1972's Talk to the People borrows heavily from the transcendent Motown efforts of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and even if he's not in their same league as a vocalist, McCann nevertheless invests covers of their "What's Going On" and "Seems So Long" with soulful grit and impassioned honesty. He does rival Wonder for sheer funkiness, however. "Shamading" is an absolute monster groove that will turn your ass to jelly. And his keyboard playing is, as usual, top-notch. With River High, River Low McCann completes his transformation from jazz to soul. While elements of fusion still creep in, this is first and foremost a straight-up funk album that shines the spotlight on deep, hard-hitting grooves and McCann's gritty vocals. The cosmic mind-funkery of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective seeps into cuts like "I've Been Thinking About My Problems" and "Woman Come Home." McCann is a master of rippling keyboard melodies and evocatively cinematic textures, and even if his vocals lack technical finesse, his passion and emotion carry the day. Jazz purists will recoil in disgust, but there's no denying the sheer vitality and energy of the music herein.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431625521
  • Catalog Number: 6255
  • Sales rank: 51,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les McCann Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Humphrey Drums
Gene McDaniels Background Vocals
Billy Barnes Background Vocals
Sister Charlotte Background Vocals
Buck Clarke Percussion
Harold Davis Drums
Donald Dean Drums
Joel Dorn Background Vocals
Miroslaw Kudykowski Guitar
Keith Loving Guitar
John Mayer Piano
Susan McDaniels Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Les McCann Composer, Producer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Kelly Kotera Engineer
Ron Neal Liner Notes
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously