The Very Best [Blue Note]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Lou Rawls: The Very Best presents a very minute slice of the great singer's long and varied career. The first two tracks are from Rawls' late-'60s stay with Capitol: the monologue "Southside Blues" and his stunning take on "Tobacco Road" from his legendary live album from 1966, and a funky take on Mable John's Southern soul classic "Your Good Thing Is About to End." The rest are from the late '80s and early '90s. This misses a whole bunch of his career. His voice is still in fine shape, but the music he is surrounded with is overly slick and perfunctory, especially the Billy Vera-penned tunes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Lou Rawls: The Very Best presents a very minute slice of the great singer's long and varied career. The first two tracks are from Rawls' late-'60s stay with Capitol: the monologue "Southside Blues" and his stunning take on "Tobacco Road" from his legendary live album from 1966, and a funky take on Mable John's Southern soul classic "Your Good Thing Is About to End." The rest are from the late '80s and early '90s. This misses a whole bunch of his career. His voice is still in fine shape, but the music he is surrounded with is overly slick and perfunctory, especially the Billy Vera-penned tunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724347740329
  • Catalog Number: 77403
  • Sales rank: 150,587

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Rawls Primary Artist
Junior Wells Harmonica
Phoebe Snow Vocals
George Benson Guitar, Voices, Soloist
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Herb Ellis Guitar
Steve Khan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joe Lovano Flute
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Jack Walrath Trumpet
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Dick Oatts Alto Flute
Earl Palmer Drums
Chris Parker Drums
Tom Pomposello Slide Guitar
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Richard Tee Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Jimmy Bond Bass
Tommy Strode Piano
Bobby Ray Watson Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Lou Rawls Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Count Basie Composer
Bob Belden Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lucky Millinder Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
David Axelrod Producer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Reissue Producer
Eddie Durham Composer
Benny Golson Horn Arrangements
Mack Gordon Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
David Porter Composer
Richard Tee Horn Arrangements
Billy Vera Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Harry Warren Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
Donald Elfman Liner Notes
Peter Darmi Engineer
Henri Woode Composer
Phil Wright Arranger
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Sol Marcus Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Bobby Scott String Arrangements
Bobby Ray Watson Horn Arrangements
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