The Legendary Lou Rawls

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All Music Guide - Janet Rosen
Besides "smooth" and "expressive," the qualifier "consistent" must be added to any list describing the Lou Rawls sound. This anthology of previously released material includes tracks recorded as early as 1962 and as recently as 1990, and while the arrangements and surrounding styles vary with the era, the warmth, purity, and sincerity of the singing is unvarying. It is particularly interesting to hear material recorded live in 1966: the songs are introduced with stories relating to the black experience in America, told with the same engagement with which Rawls sings, and the rapport with the audience is apparent even on disc. This CD in combination with its follow-up of ...
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All Music Guide - Janet Rosen
Besides "smooth" and "expressive," the qualifier "consistent" must be added to any list describing the Lou Rawls sound. This anthology of previously released material includes tracks recorded as early as 1962 and as recently as 1990, and while the arrangements and surrounding styles vary with the era, the warmth, purity, and sincerity of the singing is unvarying. It is particularly interesting to hear material recorded live in 1966: the songs are introduced with stories relating to the black experience in America, told with the same engagement with which Rawls sings, and the rapport with the audience is apparent even on disc. This CD in combination with its follow-up of newly recorded material, Portrait of the Blues, comprise a full education on get-dressed-up urbane blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1992
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077779830626
  • Catalog Number: 98306

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley Cornet
George Benson Guitar, Vocals
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Herb Ellis Guitar
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Steve Khan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Les McCann Piano
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Jack Walrath Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bobby Watson Saxophone
Gerald Wilson Piano
Ron Jefferson Drums
Howard Johnson Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Joe Zawinul Electric Piano
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Teddy Edwards Saxophone
Victor Gaskin Bass
Freddie Hill Trumpet
Jim Horn Saxophone
Roy McCurdy Drums
Rick Margitza Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone
Dick Oatts Alto Flute
Earl Palmer Drums
Chris Parker Drums
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Richard Tee Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Tony Terran Trumpet
Steve Turre Trombone
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Jimmy Bond Bass
Tommy Strode Piano
Technical Credits
Lou Rawls Composer
Bob Belden Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bobby Watson Horn Arrangements
David Axelrod Composer, Producer
T-Bone Walker Composer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Benny Carter Arranger
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ben Raleigh Composer
Richard Tee Horn Arrangements
Nick Venet Producer
Billy Vera Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Cynthia Cochrane Art Direction
Phil Wright Arranger
Bobby Scott String Arrangements
Ron Larson Photo Tinting
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