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The Royal Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, The Royal Sessions sees classic rocker Paul Rodgers -- first known as the lead singer of Free, best-known as the frontman of Bad Company and later a Freddie Mercury substitute in Queen -- paying tribute to his beloved '60s Southern soul. Rodgers set up camp in Memphis and surrounded himself with many veteran Memphis soul musicians, cutting a collection of deep soul covers -- primarily tunes released or recorded at Stax, sometimes songs that were made at Muscle Shoals -- that remain faithful to the spirit and arrangements of the originals. This familiar sound pushes the spotlight onto Rodgers' vocals and he's in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, The Royal Sessions sees classic rocker Paul Rodgers -- first known as the lead singer of Free, best-known as the frontman of Bad Company and later a Freddie Mercury substitute in Queen -- paying tribute to his beloved '60s Southern soul. Rodgers set up camp in Memphis and surrounded himself with many veteran Memphis soul musicians, cutting a collection of deep soul covers -- primarily tunes released or recorded at Stax, sometimes songs that were made at Muscle Shoals -- that remain faithful to the spirit and arrangements of the originals. This familiar sound pushes the spotlight onto Rodgers' vocals and he's in good form, never pushing the songs too hard but retaining his signature raspy swagger. The Royal Sessions makes clear just how much Rodgers learned from classic soul -- there are phrasings and runs reminiscent of songs he cut with both Free and Bad Company -- but the lighter setting shines a different light on these comfortable moves, making them fresher while also illustrating his debt to this style. Most of all, The Royal Sessions is enjoyable: it sounds like Rodgers is having a good time, so it's easy to have a good time too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041796929
  • Catalog Number: 17969
  • Sales rank: 990

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Thank You - The Royal Singers (3:10)
  2. 2 Down Don't Bother Me - Royal Horns (2:17)
  3. 3 I Can't Stand the Rain - Royal Horns (4:05)
  4. 4 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Royal Horns (5:36)
  5. 5 That's How Strong My Love Is - Royal Horns (3:15)
  6. 6 Walk On By - The Royal Singers (6:49)
  7. 7 Any Ole Way - Royal Horns (2:38)
  8. 8 It's Growing - Royal Horns (3:05)
  9. 9 Born Under a Bad Sign - Royal Horns (4:08)
  10. 10 I've Got Dreams To Remember - The Royal Singers (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Rodgers Primary Artist, Vocals
Charles Hodges Hammond B3
Leroy Hodges Bass Guitar
James Robertson Drums
Lester Snell Piano
Michael Toles Guitar
Gary Topper Tenor Saxophone
Archie Turner Wurlitzer
Roy Brewer Violin
Beth Luscombe Viola
Marc Franklin Trumpet
Perry Margouleff Guitar
Royal Horns Horn
Susanna Perry-Gilmore Violin
Jonathan Kirkscey Cello
James L. Spake Baritone Saxophone
Steve Potts Drums
Lannie McMillan Tenor Saxophone
Jessie Munson Violin
Mark Wallace Cello
Wesley Hovanec Electric Bongos
Michael Barar Viola
The Royal Strings Strings
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Paul Rodgers Liner Notes
Burt Bacharach Composer
Don Bryant Composer
Hal David Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Albert King Composer
Bernard Miller Composer
Ann Peebles Composer
David Porter Composer
William Wittman Engineer
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
Bob Mehr Liner Notes
Ryan Smith Mastering
Perry Margouleff Producer
Warren Moore Composer
Jeremy Stanley Videography
Wesley Hovanec Videography
Will Hoover Videography
Piyanun Margouleff Artwork
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