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Biggest Man
     

The Biggest Man

by Tommy Hunt
 
This 29-song compilation of Hunt's 1961-68 recordings for the Scepter and Dynamo labels features, as the liner notes declare, "80% of Tommy Hunt's U.S. solo recordings." Most of the CD is taken from Hunt's 1961-64 singles for Scepter (including the original version of Bacharach-David's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" and his

Overview

This 29-song compilation of Hunt's 1961-68 recordings for the Scepter and Dynamo labels features, as the liner notes declare, "80% of Tommy Hunt's U.S. solo recordings." Most of the CD is taken from Hunt's 1961-64 singles for Scepter (including the original version of Bacharach-David's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" and his biggest hit, 1961's "Human") and outtakes from the period that showed up in the '80s and '90s on assorted Kent compilations. There are also less impressive tracks from his stay at Luther Dixon's Dynamo label in 1967-68. The notable but odd New York 1960s soul offered here has its virtues, but nonetheless, it is not immediately arresting -- not enough to garner more than a cult following. Hunt, like fellow Scepter artists Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson, and Maxine Brown, benefited from the label's patented "uptown" brand of soul, with its sumptuous string arrangements, choral backup vocals, and theatrical pop songwriting. Yet Hunt lagged behind everyone else in that list regarding his commercial impact and, ultimately, the quality of his work. He had a deep voice which was a tad overwrought, but not as dramatically overwrought (and therefore appropriate for the Scepter/Wand production mill) as that of his rival Chuck Jackson. With the singular exception of Bacharach-David's "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," he was not gifted with material as outstanding as the best of what Warwick, Jackson, and Brown received. However, for the listener who both digs the Scepter sound and is willing to settle for less brilliance than could be found with those other singers, this is a recommended disc, if only for the commendably typical and pleasing Scepter production and arrangements, complemented by Hunt's competent delivery. There are some nice surprises along the way, like the dramatically arching "This and Only This," one of the finest overlooked Leiber-Stoller compositions, and "It's All a Bad Dream," with its unusual fish-tank sound effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667214520
catalogNumber:
145
Rank:
80841

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Hunt   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dionne Warwick   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Jackson   Vocals
Shirelles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach   Conductor
Dee Dee Warwick   Background Vocals
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Paul Griffin   Piano
Bert de Coteaux   Conductor
Tony Bruno   Conductor

Technical Credits

Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Van McCoy   Producer
Jerry Williams   Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
James Bishop   Introduction
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Paul Griffin   Arranger
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Producer
George Tobin   Arranger,Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Luther Dixon   Producer
Tony Bruno   Producer

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