Tell It Like It Is [Aim]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though not as carefully compiled or lovingly packaged as one might like perfunctory liner notes, no musician credits, no information about the songs' original releases, etc., this is a pretty good and attractively priced collection of songs from the great Aaron Neville's early and middle career. You won't find any of his hits from the last decade or two -- no Linda Ronstadt collaborations -- but you'll find the legendary title track and his appealingly bare-bones arrangement of "Cry Me a River," and you'll marvel at his ability to make you listen all the way through to such sappy 1970s fare as "Baby I'm a Want You" and even the dread "Feelings." The bottom line remains ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though not as carefully compiled or lovingly packaged as one might like perfunctory liner notes, no musician credits, no information about the songs' original releases, etc., this is a pretty good and attractively priced collection of songs from the great Aaron Neville's early and middle career. You won't find any of his hits from the last decade or two -- no Linda Ronstadt collaborations -- but you'll find the legendary title track and his appealingly bare-bones arrangement of "Cry Me a River," and you'll marvel at his ability to make you listen all the way through to such sappy 1970s fare as "Baby I'm a Want You" and even the dread "Feelings." The bottom line remains what it always is: there are few musical pleasures as great as listening to Aaron Neville sing a love song -- or sing an R&B song, or a sacred hymn, or a random page from the phone book for that matter. The sound quality on this cheapo two-fer runs the gamut from dodgy to acceptable, but that angelic voice cuts through the lackluster production without a scratch -- note in particular how the fuzzy, saturated, poorly balanced instrumental intro to "Waiting for a Bus" suddenly loses its ability to annoy when Neville's sweet tenor comes in on the first verse. There are much better Aaron Neville compilations out there, but this one's not a bad place for the budget-minded to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Aim Records
  • UPC: 752211107824
  • Catalog Number: 1078
  • Sales rank: 355,641

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hercules (4:11)
  2. 2 Strutting on Sunday (3:42)
  3. 3 Tell It Like It Is (3:06)
  4. 4 Make Me Strong (3:48)
  5. 5 Love Letters (3:09)
  6. 6 Cry Me a River (3:41)
  7. 7 The Greatest Love (3:34)
  8. 8 Where Is My Baby (3:58)
  9. 9 Honey (6:20)
  10. 10 Performance (3:05)
  11. 11 She's on My Mind (2:42)
  12. 12 You Can Give (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mojo Hannah (4:32)
  2. 2 You Don't Love Me (3:01)
  3. 3 All These Things (2:48)
  4. 4 Wild Flower (4:36)
  5. 5 My Greatest Gift (3:32)
  6. 6 Been So Wrong (3:40)
  7. 7 Feelings (3:59)
  8. 8 For the Good Times (3:00)
  9. 9 One Fine Day (3:26)
  10. 10 Baby I'm a Want You (3:12)
  11. 11 Waiting for a Bus (3:03)
  12. 12 Speak to Me (2:43)
  13. 13 Nadine (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Neville Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Carole King Composer
Joe South Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
George Davis Composer
Morris Albert Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Frank Hogan Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Mentor Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer
Lee Diamond Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
Marshall Paul Composer
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