The Best of Lou Rawls [Angel]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Many people may remember Lou Rawls as a fundraiser, a pitchman for Budweiser or a silky-smooth '70s soul crooner, but when he signed to Capitol in the early '60s, Rawls was strictly a jazz and blues singer. Sure he tried for hits, and even struck occasionally, with "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," but he was at his best when tackling the material that is collected on The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions. A nice mix of jazz standards, blues, pop-gospel and big band swing, the disc showcases Rawls' flexibility, light touch, and his one-of-a-kind voice as he struts and swaggers through the up-tempo tracks like "Nobody ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Many people may remember Lou Rawls as a fundraiser, a pitchman for Budweiser or a silky-smooth '70s soul crooner, but when he signed to Capitol in the early '60s, Rawls was strictly a jazz and blues singer. Sure he tried for hits, and even struck occasionally, with "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," but he was at his best when tackling the material that is collected on The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions. A nice mix of jazz standards, blues, pop-gospel and big band swing, the disc showcases Rawls' flexibility, light touch, and his one-of-a-kind voice as he struts and swaggers through the up-tempo tracks like "Nobody but Me," "Street of Dreams," or "Goin' to Chicago Blues," and as he gets down to something real and gritty on the ballads like "Blues for the Weepers," "How Long, How Long Blues," "So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry," and the centerpiece of the album, his medley of "Southside Blues" and "Tobacco Road," which features one of Rawls' patented monologues. With help from producers like Nick Venet and David Axelrod, as well as arrangers like Benny Carter, Benny Golson, and the great H.B. Barnum, Rawls' records have always sounded near-perfect, hearing them in a setting like this only spotlights what a good working environment Rawls could create. The collection isn't perfect; as one could argue about the omission of his 1962 take on "(They Call It) Stormy Monday," or his mellow "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You." However, it is one hell of a fine listen that anyone who loves Rawls should add to their collection, especially if you only know him for his post-1970 work [A boon for collectors are the three bonus tracks from a recently unearthed session Rawls cut with the Curtis Amy Sextet that is as close as he came to being a hard bop singer. It is a fascinating find and as the liner notes state, it is truly a shame that there were no more songs recorded by the group.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094635495621
  • Catalog Number: 54956
  • Sales rank: 52,665

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Primary Artist, Vocals
Pilgrim Travelers Background Vocals
Curtis Amy Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Frank Butler Drums
Curtis Counce Bass
Herb Ellis Guitar
Barney Kessel Guitar
Les McCann Piano
Don Randi Piano
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
King Errisson Conga
Ron Jefferson Drums
Herman Riley Tenor Saxophone
Ray Crawford Guitar
Onzy Matthews Piano
Arthur Adams Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Cal Green Guitar
Don Abney Piano
Al Porcino Trumpet
Eddie Beal Piano
Jesse Boyce Bass
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Freeman Brown Drums
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Les Buie Guitar
Gary Coleman Tambourine
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Gene Edwards Guitar
Rene Hall Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sharkey Hall Drums
Bob Haynes Bass
Wilbert Hemsley Saxophone
Leroy Henderson Drums
Freddie Hill Trumpet
Richard "Groove" Holmes Organ
Jim Horn Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts Guitar
Clayton Ivey Piano
Jackie Kelso Alto Saxophone
Junior Lowe Guitar
Gildo Mahones Piano
Jay Migliori Baritone Saxophone
Earl Palmer Drums
Alvin Stoller Drums
Tony Terran Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Jimmy Bond Bass
Walter Namuth Guitar
Clifford White Guitar
Tommy Strode Piano
Mel Lee Drums
Bob West Bass
Muscle Shoals Fame Gang Group
Cliff White Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Lou Rawls Composer
Onzy Matthews Orchestration
Harold Arlen Composer
James W. Alexander Arranger, Composer
David Axelrod Producer
R. Askew Composer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Benny Carter Orchestration
Billie Holiday Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes
Benny Golson Orchestration
Rene Hall Arranger
Rick Hall Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nick Venet Producer, Audio Production
Victor Young Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
B.J. Scott Composer
Billy Myles Composer
Willard Robison Composer
Dedette Lee Hill Composer
Raymond Leveen Composer
Traditional Composer
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