Great Johnny Adams R&B Album

Great Johnny Adams R&B Album

by Johnny Adams
     
 

They didn't call the late Johnny Adams "the Tan Canary" for nothing -- the man had one of the finest and most graceful voices in soul music, and unlike many R&B artists who earned some early success and cruised at half-speed into a latter-day career on a roots-friendly indie label, Adams' voice and his instincts about what to do with it actually improved with the… See more details below

Overview

They didn't call the late Johnny Adams "the Tan Canary" for nothing -- the man had one of the finest and most graceful voices in soul music, and unlike many R&B artists who earned some early success and cruised at half-speed into a latter-day career on a roots-friendly indie label, Adams' voice and his instincts about what to do with it actually improved with the passage of time. Between 1984 and 1998, Adams cut nine albums for Rounder Records, and you could compile several very listenable compilations from his output for the label -- which is what Rounder has done, in a sense, as they've put together two CDs from his work for the label, one devoted to blues-oriented material and this, which is focused on great soul numbers. Some have said that Adams' artful phrasing made him seem more like a jazz vocalist than a typical soul man, and the best of his work makes the argument seem reasonable. And like a jazz artist, Adams had a gift for interpreting material made famous by others -- Adams may not have been the first guy to record "You Don't Miss Your Water," "Neither One of Us," or "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home," but his versions on this disc give them the firm stamp of his own musical personality. Producer Scott Billington was behind the board for all of Adams' Rounder releases, and these 12 songs confirm he was a sympathetic collaborator who created excellent settings for Adams that boosted his soulful energy without getting in the way. This is hardly the definitive Johnny Adams collection, but soul fans looking for a way into his Rounder catalog -- as well as anyone who loves great R&B singing -- will find this very useful indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661218321
catalogNumber:
612183
Rank:
98773

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Adams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Guitar,Soloist
Dr. John   Piano,Hammond B3,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Tony Dagradi   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Ponder   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Piano,Keyboards
George Jackson   Conga
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Drums
David Barard   Bass
Charles Elam   Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest   Percussion,Drums
Elaine Foster   Background Vocals
Lisa Foster   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sharon Foster   Background Vocals
Darrel Francis   Bass
Ernie Gautreau   Valve Trombone
Edward "Kidd" Jordan   Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet
Craig Klein   Trombone
Renard Poché   Guitar
George Porter   Bass,Bass Guitar
Shannon Powell   Drums
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Saulsbury   Alto Saxophone
Jamil Sharif   Trumpet
James Singleton   Bass
Lonnie Smith   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Michael Toles   Guitar
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Tullos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums
Craig Wroten   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Scott Billington   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Horn Arrangements
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Jonathan Wyner   Mastering
Dr. John   Composer,Producer
Tom Beaver   Composer
Butch Dillon   Composer
Marco Giovino   Composer

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