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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667214520
  • Catalog Number: 145
  • Sales rank: 119,200

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Hunt Primary Artist, Vocals
Dionne Warwick Vocals, Background Vocals
Chuck Jackson Vocals
The 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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