Lost Soul Man

Lost Soul Man

by Geater Davis
     
 

Geater Davis was a singer from Texas who had the chops to be one of the great men of the soul era, but bad luck and bad timing kept him from enjoying the success he deserved. Davis would have been a perfect fit at Stax or Atlantic in the mid- to late '60s, but his recording career didn't get rolling until the early '70s, when his brand of gruff but passionate… See more details below

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Geater Davis was a singer from Texas who had the chops to be one of the great men of the soul era, but bad luck and bad timing kept him from enjoying the success he deserved. Davis would have been a perfect fit at Stax or Atlantic in the mid- to late '60s, but his recording career didn't get rolling until the early '70s, when his brand of gruff but passionate blues-based R&B was losing ground in favor of funkier sounds. And while producer Allen Orange consistently drew fine performances from Davis in the studio and gave him powerful and sympathetic backing, Orange's record labels (House of Orange and Seventy-Seven Records) didn't have much muscle in the marketplace. Davis recorded for other labels over the course of his career, including Ace and Luna, but they didn't fare much better with him than Orange's imprints, and Davis was little more than a cult figure when he died in 1984 at the age of 38. The Lost Soul Man collects 25 tracks Davis recorded during his tenure with Orange, and while the presence of repeated alternate takes and unreleased tracks that didn't get the studio polish they need dull the impact of this set just a bit, it's still a potent testament to his talents. At his best, Davis' singing suggests the cool passion of Bobby "Blue" Bland blended with the gritty fire of Wilson Pickett, and he's good enough to merit both comparisons; the slow slink of "I'm Gonna Change," the lover's regret of "I've Got to Pay the Price," the potent groove of "Ain't Worrying About Jody," and the primal shouter "Hot Buttered Love" are all stellar performances and leave no doubt this man could and should have had some hits under more favorable circumstances. While Charly's Sad Shades of Blue offers a broader portrait of Geater Davis' career, The Lost Soul Man does restore some of the man's best moments in the studio to circulation, and fans of great Southern soul will want to give this a thorough listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Aim Records
UPC:
0752211150622
catalogNumber:
1506

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ain't Worrying About Jody, Pt. 1
  2. A Sad Shade of Blue
  3. Don't Walk Off (And Leave Me)
  4. A Whole Lot of Man
  5. Don't Wan't to Lose You
  6. I'll Meet You
  7. I Know My Baby Loves Me
  8. Heavy on My Mind, Pt. 1
  9. Heavy on My Mind, Pt. 2
  10. Hot Buttered Love
  11. Hot Buttered Love
  12. Chained and Bound
  13. Ain't Worrying About Jody, Pt. 2

Disc 2

  1. Two That Stick Together
  2. I'm Gonna Change
  3. I'm So in Love with You
  4. I've Got to Pay the Price
  5. Long Cold Winter
  6. Why Does It Hurt So Bad
  7. Why Does It Hurt So Bad
  8. Will It Be Me or Him, Pt. 1
  9. Will It Be Me or Him, Pt. 2
  10. You Made Your Bed
  11. Your Heart Is So Cold, Pt. 1
  12. Your Heart Is So Cold, Pt. 2
  13. [Untitled Hidden Track]

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