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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This posthumous album from the chitlin circuit soul/bluesman is comprised of previously unreleased songs left over from his various Malaco albums. But even though there has been some overdubbing, remixing, and touching up of these original sessions recorded from 1984-1999, the disc flows remarkably well. The usual Malaco embellishments of slick horns, slicker backing vocals, and inconsistent material plagues some of the music, but in general this is as solid a collection of songs as any he released for the imprint. Tracks ten through 16 were recorded in 1999 for his last album, Gotta Get the Groove Back, which was released shortly before his death. They feature the cream ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This posthumous album from the chitlin circuit soul/bluesman is comprised of previously unreleased songs left over from his various Malaco albums. But even though there has been some overdubbing, remixing, and touching up of these original sessions recorded from 1984-1999, the disc flows remarkably well. The usual Malaco embellishments of slick horns, slicker backing vocals, and inconsistent material plagues some of the music, but in general this is as solid a collection of songs as any he released for the imprint. Tracks ten through 16 were recorded in 1999 for his last album, Gotta Get the Groove Back, which was released shortly before his death. They feature the cream of the Muscle Shoals studio musicians, including bassist David Hood, guitarist Jimmy Johnson, and occasional Rolling Stones saxman Jim Horn. The sound remains polished, but Taylor is in terrific voice and spirits throughout, and he, like his idol Sam Cooke who he imitates briefly in "Where Is Your Woman Tonight", elevates even the most lackluster material with his malleable pipes. One of the most interesting tracks is a 1988 cover of Paul Simon's "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," a duet with his son Floyd, who added harmony vocals after his dad's death. Although these were leftovers, there is nothing second-rate about them. Slow, swampy burners such as "Please Sign the Dotted Line" and the gospel-ish "I Reach for You," along with upbeat funk like "Con Lover," rank with his finest work for Malaco. His blues are downplayed in favor of the label's soul orientation, but this is still prime Johnnie Taylor. This project is obviously a labor of love, and a fitting coda to an underappreciated career for one of America's best Southern soul singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • Label: Malaco Records
  • UPC: 048021751525
  • Catalog Number: 7515
  • Sales rank: 97,056

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnnie Taylor Primary Artist, Vocals
Frederick Knight Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone Flute
Thomisene Anderson Background Vocals
Gary Armstrong Trumpet
Jewel Bass Background Vocals
Harrison Calloway Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Cason Keyboards
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Mickey Davis Strings
Janet Dressler Strings
Ronnie Eades Baritone Saxophone
Ray Griffin Bass, Bass Guitar
Claudette Hampton Strings
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
Catherine Henderson Background Vocals
David Hood Bass
Jim Horn Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Clayton Ivey Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Ronell Johnson Tuba
Valeria Kashimuri Background Vocals
Craig Klein Trombone
Will McFarlane Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Peggy Plucker Strings
Richie Puente Percussion, Conga
Wardell Quezergue Conductor
James Robertson Drums, Linn Drum
Charles Rose Trombone
Denis Solee Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Wolf Stephenson Linn Drum
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles Guitar
Carson Whitsett Keyboards
Jim Williamson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dino Zimmerman Guitar
Bob McNally Strings
Roderick Paulin Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Young Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
Bennett Randman Strings
Linda Geidel Strings
John Frantz Strings
Brian Gum Strings
Quanda Brooks Background Vocals
Cathy Young Background Vocals
Angela Walls Background Vocals
Sonya Washington Background Vocals
Latonya Garner Background Vocals
Floyd Taylor Vocals, Guest Appearance
Don Evans Guitar
Tonya Yongblood Background Vocals
III Thaddeus Ford Trumpet
Technical Credits
Frederick Knight Programming, Producer
Paul Simon Composer
James Griffin Composer
George Jackson Composer
Larry Addison Composer
Harrison Calloway Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Charles Richard Cason Composer, Producer
Richard Cason Programming
Charles Hart Engineer
Jerry Masters Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Mark Petty Engineer
Wolf Stephenson Remixing, Vocal Engineer
John Ward Composer
Alan Johnson Engineer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Ollie Hoskins Composer
Lamar Thomas Composer
Frank Johnson Composer
Vincent Grizzell Engineer
Kent Bruce Engineer, Mastering
Dennis J. Heckler Graphic Design
Susan Macke Vocal Engineer
Judy Taylor-Thomas Composer
Pam Irwin Engineer
Sam Mosley Composer
Bob Johnson Composer
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