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The Best of Paul Kelly: Stealin' in the Name of the Lord

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All Music Guide - Bil Carpenter
Miami native Paul Kelly is a man who had the right sound for the wrong era. He's surely one of Southern soul music's finest exponents, but he fettered about with no-can-do little independent labels for a dozen years before hitching up with Warner Brothers in 1971. The popularity of Southern soul music climaxed in 1968 when Otis Redding's "Sitting on The Dock of the Bay" spent four weeks atop the pop charts, and it was downhill from there. Kelly didn't have a chance. His own records flopped, so he hoped others could make them hits. When his buddy Sam Moore Sam & Dave turned down his "Stealin' in the Name of the Lord," Kelly decided to record it after all. Recorded at ...
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All Music Guide - Bil Carpenter
Miami native Paul Kelly is a man who had the right sound for the wrong era. He's surely one of Southern soul music's finest exponents, but he fettered about with no-can-do little independent labels for a dozen years before hitching up with Warner Brothers in 1971. The popularity of Southern soul music climaxed in 1968 when Otis Redding's "Sitting on The Dock of the Bay" spent four weeks atop the pop charts, and it was downhill from there. Kelly didn't have a chance. His own records flopped, so he hoped others could make them hits. When his buddy Sam Moore Sam & Dave turned down his "Stealin' in the Name of the Lord," Kelly decided to record it after all. Recorded at Muscle Shoals and released by the Happy Tiger label in 1970, the rocker critiqued ministers who pimped their congregations. After initial resistance from the church community, it peaked at number 14 R&B and remains Kelly's best-selling record. Warner Brothers then bought out Kelly's contract and captured his masters too. Those songs, and others he'd record until his four-album Warner run closed in 1977, are included on this twenty-song collection. Most tracks were produced by Buddy Killen, the white soul man who put Joe Tex on the map and later worked with country balladeer T.G. Sheppard. The results carry a light country-blues aroma, often punctuated with a little R&B. Kelly doesn't have the grit of Otis Redding nor the fluidity of Sam Cooke, but what he does own is a lot of feeling and a way of phrasing which sounds more like storytelling than singing. This gift is best exhibited on the gentle "Poor But Proud" and rockers such as "Come By Here," "I'm Into Something I Can't Shake Loose" and "Hooked, Hogtailed & Collared." Two of the nicest ballads are the previously unreleased "Love For Sale," about a man confusing the comfort of a prostitute with love, and the adultery tale "Stealin' Love on the Side." Since Kelly was never a big record seller and it's unlikely that this set will break any sales records, it's commendable that Warner Archives is releasing this material simply because it's quality music and because there are still some Paul Kelly fans out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624629924
  • Catalog Number: 46299

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Kelly Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Gene Page Conductor, Keyboards
David T. Walker Guitar
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Jack Ashford Percussion, Drums
Byron Bach Strings
Brenton Banks Strings
George Binkley III Strings
Hayword Bishop Percussion, Drums
Harry Bluestone Choir Master
Ben Cauley Horn
Marvin Chantry Strings
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Conga
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades Horn
Scott Edwards Bass
Bobby Emmons Keyboards
Wilton Felder Bass
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Solie Fott Strings
James Gadson Percussion, Drums
James Getzoff Choir Master
Lacarol Jackson Background Vocals
Jones Charolette Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland Strings
Patricia Lee Background Vocals
Mike Leech Bass, Vibes
Barry McDonald Horn
Chips Moman Guitar
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Billy Puett Horn
Dale Quillen Horn
Thadeus Richard Horn
Sylvester Rivers Keyboards
Buddy Skipper Horn
Chris Teal Strings
Harvey Thompson Horn
George Tidwell Horn
Gary VanOsdale Strings
David Vanderkooi Strings
Lorna Willard Background Vocals
Reggie Young Guitar
Sonny Burke Keyboards
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Stephanie Woolf Strings
Juanita Rogers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Holmes Arranger
Gene Page Arranger, Producer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Paul Kelly Arranger, Producer
Pete Bellotte Composer
Chuck Howard Composer
Buddy Killen Arranger, Producer
Mike Leech Arranger
Bob Merlis Liner Notes
Anthony Dorsey Arranger
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