The Very Best of William Bell

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
William Bell is probably the most woefully underappreciated artist in the Stax Records stable. Primarily a ballad singer, Bell avoided the charismatic stage histrionics of singers like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett in favor of a more subtle and melodic approach. He was also a gifted songwriter, penning in conjunction with his writing partner Booker T. Jones (of MGs fame) a handful of country-soul classics, including "You Don't Miss Your Water," a hit for Bell in 1961, and "Born Under a Bad Sign," which became the theme song for blues giant Albert King after his version was released in 1967. Bell wasn't afraid to mix pure country elements into the deep soul stew, as "You...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
William Bell is probably the most woefully underappreciated artist in the Stax Records stable. Primarily a ballad singer, Bell avoided the charismatic stage histrionics of singers like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett in favor of a more subtle and melodic approach. He was also a gifted songwriter, penning in conjunction with his writing partner Booker T. Jones (of MGs fame) a handful of country-soul classics, including "You Don't Miss Your Water," a hit for Bell in 1961, and "Born Under a Bad Sign," which became the theme song for blues giant Albert King after his version was released in 1967. Bell wasn't afraid to mix pure country elements into the deep soul stew, as "You Don't Miss Your Water" shows, and his 1967 hit "Everybody Loves a Winner" is as much Merle Haggard as it is Otis Redding. "Eloise (Hang on in There)," another Bell/Jones collaboration, sounds like a great, lost Four Tops song, and is one of the many highlights on this revealing anthology, which works not only as an introduction to this underrated artist, but also as a solid survey of his top moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072302976
  • Catalog Number: 30297
  • Sales rank: 42,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Miss Your Water (3:00)
  2. 2 Any Other Way (2:29)
  3. 3 Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need) (2:50)
  4. 4 Never Like This Before (3:00)
  5. 5 Everybody Loves a Winner (2:52)
  6. 6 Eloise (Hang on in There) (2:43)
  7. 7 Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday (2:37)
  8. 8 A Tribute to a King (2:52)
  9. 9 Every Man Oughta Have a Woman (2:44)
  10. 10 Private Number - Judy Clay (2:41)
  11. 11 I Forgot to Be Your Lover (2:20)
  12. 12 My Baby Specializes - Judy Clay (2:38)
  13. 13 My Whole World Is Falling Down (3:08)
  14. 14 Happy (2:34)
  15. 15 Born Under a Bad Sign (3:12)
  16. 16 All For the Love of a Woman (3:11)
  17. 17 Save Us (3:17)
  18. 18 Lovin' on Borrowed Time (3:57)
  19. 19 I've Got to Go on Without You (3:49)
  20. 20 Getting What You Want (Losin' What You Got) (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bell Primary Artist
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Joe Shamwell Composer
Larry R. McIntosh Composer
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