The Essential Lou Rawls

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Simply put, The Essential Lou Rawls is the first of the many compilations tallying the output of this classy, unclassifiable singer that gets it all right. Rawls recorded for a number of labels during his four-decades-plus in the business, but his most important work was evenly split between two of them, Capitol, in the '60s, and Philadelphia International, in the late '70s. While other collections have tended to focus on one period or the other, or to spotlight one aspect of his wide-ranging canon, this two-disc, comprehensive collection covers the gamut. Because the release comes from Sony, which owns the Philly International catalog, it does emphasize that latter ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Simply put, The Essential Lou Rawls is the first of the many compilations tallying the output of this classy, unclassifiable singer that gets it all right. Rawls recorded for a number of labels during his four-decades-plus in the business, but his most important work was evenly split between two of them, Capitol, in the '60s, and Philadelphia International, in the late '70s. While other collections have tended to focus on one period or the other, or to spotlight one aspect of his wide-ranging canon, this two-disc, comprehensive collection covers the gamut. Because the release comes from Sony, which owns the Philly International catalog, it does emphasize that latter segment of Rawls' career perhaps just a tad disproportionately, but all of the most significant Capitol hits have been licensed and are generously represented, including "Dead End Street," "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)." Of course, the key later tracks are accounted for, beginning with the set-opening "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," a number two pop
umber one R&B hit for him in 1976, and follow-up hits such as "Groovy People" and 1977's Top Ten "See You When I Git There." The compilers also made sure not to forget Rawls' 1971 Top 20 single for MGM, "A Natural Man." But The Essential Lou Rawls has plenty of space to go beyond the basic hits, and it makes its case for Rawls as one of the era's most endearing and unique vocalists by surveying his catalog and presenting his unmistakable baritone in a number of different settings. While always falling within the R&B/soul sphere, Rawls' sound was informed by and often touched upon jazz, gospel, pop, blues, and dance music; he even foreshadowed rap with spoken interludes long before a genre with that name existed. These 34 tracks, sequenced non-chronologically for a listening experience that is more satisfying than a strictly historical rundown would have been, acknowledge that diversity and present Lou Rawls' many faces in a way that leaves no doubt that he was one of the standout vocalists of his time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886971747522
  • Catalog Number: 717475
  • Sales rank: 8,052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Primary Artist
Curtis Amy Saxophone
Frank Butler Drums
Larry Carlton Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Sonny Criss Saxophone
Herb Ellis Guitar
Tommy Flanagan Keyboards
Barney Kessel Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Joe Sample Organ, Piano
Shirley Scott Organ
Horace Tapscott Trombone
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Irving Ashby Guitar
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Ray Crawford Guitar
Onzy Matthews Conductor
David T. Walker Guitar
Dexter Wansel Keyboards
Bob Babbitt Bass
Thom Bell Keyboards, Background Vocals
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
James E. Bond Bass
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Victor Carstarphen Keyboards
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Louis Ciotti Saxophone
Jerry Cohen Keyboards
David Cruse Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Hand Clapping
Kim Darigan Bass
Don Renaldo Guest Appearance
Gene Edwards Guitar
Scott Edwards Bass
Bobby Eli Guitar
Kenny Gamble Background Vocals
George Graham Trumpet
Rene Hall Guitar
Charles Harris Drums
Dennis Harris Guitar
Norman Harris Guitar
Carl Helm Background Vocals
Leroy Henderson Drums
Richard "Groove" Holmes Organ
Jim Horn Saxophone
Leon Huff Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Joseph B. Jefferson Background Vocals
Cindy Jordan Background Vocals
Quinton Joseph Drums
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Dennis Kilman Guitar
Joe Maini Saxophone
Jay Migliori Saxophone
Sid Miller Saxophone
Vince Montana Vibes
Deborah Morris Background Vocals
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Lenny Pakula Organ
Earl Palmer Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Gene Pello Drums
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Sam Reed Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Lester Robertson Trombone
Althea Rogers Background Vocals
Bob Rolfe Trumpet
Tom Sellers Bass
Dalton Smith Trumpet
Ron Smith Trombone
Tony Terran Trumpet
Steve Turner Drums
Joey Vasquez Trombone
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Larry Washington Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Hand Clapping
Walter Williams Trumpet
Cecil Womack Guitar
Earl Young Drums
Edward Green Keyboards
Anthony Bell Guitar
Fred Hill Trumpet
Teddy Edwards Octet Saxophone
Charlie Collins Drums
Keith Benson Drums
Tommy Strode Piano
Charles Wilson Trombone
James Williams Bass
Bob Knight Trombone
Ronnie Baker Bass
William Butler Guitar
Alexander Nelson Saxophone
Harvey "Harmonica Fats" Blackston Harmonia
Michael "Sugar Bear" Foreman Bass
Technical Credits
Bruce Springsteen Engineer
Onzy Matthews Arranger
David Axelrod Arranger, Producer
Dexter Wansel Engineer
Peter Abbott Engineer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Dirk Devlin Engineer
Bill Dorman Engineer
Joel Dorn Producer
Jim Dougherty Engineer
Jack Faith Arranger, Producer
Jim Gallagher Engineer
Kenny Gamble Producer, Executive Producer, Author
Denny Gore Arranger, Orchestra Leader
Leon Huff Producer, Executive Producer, Author
Peter Humphreys Engineer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Quinton Joseph Engineer
Jay Mark Engineer
Bob Merritt Engineer
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Carl Paroulo Engineer
Gene Paul Engineer
Leon Pendarvis Arranger
Joe Polito Engineer
Normann Gregg H. Ratner Producer
Darrell Rogers Engineer
Rocky Schnaars Engineer
Tom Sellers Arranger
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Phil Terry Producer
Nick Venet Producer
Vince Warsavage Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Wayne Wilfong Engineer
Carla Bandini Engineer
Leo Sacks Producer
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Scott McMinn Engineer
Jeffrey Stewart Engineer
Bruce Bluesteen Engineer
Jerry Block Engineer
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Jeremy Holiday Packaging Manager
Vonghn Gray Producer
Frank Luria Engineer
Paul Martin Engineer
Rex Updegraft Engineer
R.L. Martin Composer
William C. Rhoden Liner Notes
Dave Brokaw Cover Photo
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