The Bottom Line

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All Music Guide - Quint Kik
Second in a series of three Hi studio albums, O.V. Wright was finally allowed to record for Willie Mitchell's own label, since his former employer, Don Robey, had sold Backbeat to ABC in 1973. As was the case with Al Green, Mitchell had developed a longtime friendship with Wright, overseeing most of his Backbeat single sides and albums. Come the end of the '70s the famous Hi sound started to lose a little of its tightness, but this is fairly overcome by Wright's exceptional vocal qualities. The Bottom Line wasn't crafted with the same session men as it's predecessor. Mostly made up of ballads, the single "I Don't Do Windows" stands apart as the only up-tempo exception. Bobby ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Quint Kik
Second in a series of three Hi studio albums, O.V. Wright was finally allowed to record for Willie Mitchell's own label, since his former employer, Don Robey, had sold Backbeat to ABC in 1973. As was the case with Al Green, Mitchell had developed a longtime friendship with Wright, overseeing most of his Backbeat single sides and albums. Come the end of the '70s the famous Hi sound started to lose a little of its tightness, but this is fairly overcome by Wright's exceptional vocal qualities. The Bottom Line wasn't crafted with the same session men as it's predecessor. Mostly made up of ballads, the single "I Don't Do Windows" stands apart as the only up-tempo exception. Bobby Womack's "That's the Way I Feel About Cha" gets a nice Southern soul makeover. A "late night jazz bar everybody gone home contemplative" "I Don't Know Why" is similar to a lesser known Stevie Wonder track, coincidentally of the same name. The shimmering "A Little More Time" deserves special mention: starting out as a roll call of soul singers who had died way before their time, it's a tribute of prophetic proportions. Soon enough Wright would join their league. Many compilations of his Hi output were released throughout the second half of the '90s. Both Hi Masters and That's How Strong My Love Is collect almost everything of this album and its predecessor, Into Something Can't Shake Loose. The Complete O.V. Wright on Hi Records, Vol. 1: In the Studio also includes the third and last of the Hi studio albums, We're Still Together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981116723
  • Catalog Number: 1167
  • Sales rank: 61,097

Album Credits

Performance Credits
O.V. Wright Primary Artist, Vocals
Bill Easley Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Judy Rodman Background Vocals
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Gene Chrisman Drums
Bill Flores Trombone
Paul Hill Trumpet
Leroy Hodges Bass
Aaron Nesbit Keyboards
Floyd Newman Flute, Baritone Saxophone
E. Randle Background Vocals
Darnell Smith Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Karen Taylor Background Vocals
Michael Toles Guitar
Jackie Thomas Trombone
Earl Randle Background Vocals
Deby Kincaid Background Vocals
Deby Kincaid Background Vocals
Darnel Smith Flute, Tenor Saxophone
William Flores Trombone
William Easley Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Nesbit Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bobby Womack Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
George Jackson Composer
Jimmy Grisby Composer
Joe Hicks Composer
G. Jackson Composer
Benny Latimore Composer
The Memphis Strings String Section
Aaron Nesbit Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
E. Randle Composer
Raymond Moore Composer
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