Three Way Calling

Three Way Calling

by Roy Tyler
     
 

Described on the liner notes as "swamp gospel", the former lead vocalist for the Gospel Hummingbirds' first solo album is a rousing success. With 30 years of experience, Roy Tyler's vocal chops are in fine form, but his band's name points to the changes on this release. His new direction adds a tough, wiry R&B approach toSee more details below

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Described on the liner notes as "swamp gospel", the former lead vocalist for the Gospel Hummingbirds' first solo album is a rousing success. With 30 years of experience, Roy Tyler's vocal chops are in fine form, but his band's name points to the changes on this release. His new direction adds a tough, wiry R&B approach to spiritual music. Duets with Raphael Saadiq and the Blind Boys of Alabama's Clarence Fountain represent both extremes, as Tyler walks the tightrope between spirituality and commercial concerns. Both the Blind Boys and Robert Randolph have successfully made a similar jump, and with Robert Cray keyboardist Jim Pugh's sympathetic production, Tyler nails the groove. Except for a few traditionals, some Saadiq tunes, and a rearranged cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," the album's most obvious stab at the mainstream, the majority of the songs are originals. The title track is a snappy combination of upbeat blues and soulful gospel, laying sanctified lyrics over the riff often used for "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." Covering O.V. Wright -- a Cray favorite -- in "Four & Twenty Elders" is a logical move, as Wright also successfully joined soul and gospel. Pugh keeps the sessions loose as the band and Tyler feed off each other -- if there are overdubs, they are difficult to hear -- and lets innate chemistry define the length of each track. The proceedings strip down to just funereal organ and backing singers on the opening to his stirring version of "Jordan River," a perfect vehicle for Tyler's thrilling vocals. Give producer Pugh much of the credit for the album's success. His sense of dynamics, space, and atmospherics provides the ideal environment for Roy Tyler's voice, keeping it centered in the mix and maintaining an organic feel that is natural and appropriately inspiring.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Severn
UPC:
0649435002724
catalogNumber:
27

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Tyler   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Clarence Fountain   Guest Appearance
Russell Branch   Baritone
Joe Mack   Drums
Donto Metto James   Drums
Raphael Saadiq   Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Bass Guitar
Mark Johnson   Bass Guitar
Hank Cooper   Guitar
Jim Pugh   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Xylophone,Clavinet

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
O.V. Wright   Composer
Pete Carlson   Engineer
Myles Boisen   Engineer
Scott Mathews   Producer
Angie Stone   Composer
Roy Tyler   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
David Earl   Producer,Executive Producer,Digital Editing
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Steve Cyphers   Digital Editing
Thomas Leukens   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Shawn Kane   Composer
Marco Martin   Engineer
Glenn Standridge   Composer
Bobby Ozuna   Composer
Jim Pugh   Producer,Engineer

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