The Best of William Bell

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
The Best of William Bell focuses on the singer's output from 1968-1974, covering the albums Duets, Bound to Happen, Wow..., Phases of Reality, and Relating. While his 1967 debut, The Soul of a Bell, may be his finest album, this collection compiles many of the highlights that followed, including his exquisite 1968 single "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." That same year, Bell cut a satisfactory set of Duets 1968 with Judy Clay, Carla Thomas, and Mavis Staples, three of which are featured here. By 1969, however, Bell was singing with increased confidence and, while the arrangements retained all the grand gestures of old, they seemed tougher somehow. That year, Bell released Bound ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
The Best of William Bell focuses on the singer's output from 1968-1974, covering the albums Duets, Bound to Happen, Wow..., Phases of Reality, and Relating. While his 1967 debut, The Soul of a Bell, may be his finest album, this collection compiles many of the highlights that followed, including his exquisite 1968 single "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." That same year, Bell cut a satisfactory set of Duets 1968 with Judy Clay, Carla Thomas, and Mavis Staples, three of which are featured here. By 1969, however, Bell was singing with increased confidence and, while the arrangements retained all the grand gestures of old, they seemed tougher somehow. That year, Bell released Bound to Happen 1969, displaying a harder edge on the funky "Born Under a Bad Sign." The material on Wow... 1971 benefited as well with female backing singers, solid drumming, and a host of strings framing fine vocal performances on "All for the Love of a Woman" and "Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone." Add the hit "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" and you have one of Bell's finest album sets. Further changes surfaced in 1973, with Bell adopting the cinematic funk stylings of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly on the pleading "Save Us." All of the material mentioned above is included on this Stax set. Still, no Bell best-of can be complete without his reading of the Otis Redding classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long" or Moman & Penn's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," let alone the singer's best-loved number: his very own "You Don't Miss Your Water." In lieu of the perfect William Bell package, however, this disc serves him well, demonstrating both the breadth of his vocal powers and his stylistic range.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218854122
  • Catalog Number: 8541
  • Sales rank: 97,809

Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bell Primary Artist, Bass
Judy Clay Track Performer
Technical Credits
William Bell Producer, Contributor
Al Bell Producer
Judy Clay Contributor
Isaac Hayes Producer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Booker T. Jones Composer, Producer
David Porter Producer
Tom Nixon Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There is one song missing

    I can't find the song name Califorina Girl.1969, when I was 14 years old Iheard this song by William Bell.It said something like sitting looking over the motopical of Losangeines California thinking about my California Girl.Please send information

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