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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Recorded in the twilight of his career, this turned out to be the 63-year-old Arthur Prysock's last album; he retired due to illness a few years later, moved to Bermuda and passed away there in 1997. It was the last gasp of a mini-Renaissance for the veteran chitlin' circuit balladeer, the third album on a Milestone contract that had, at long last, resulted in some recognition by the Grammy voters, if not the music press. Unfortunately, it is the least of the Milestones, for Prysock's deep-pile-carpet bass-baritone was suddenly developing a gravelly frayed edge and problems up high. Five of the nine tracks are with Prysock's own band with brother Red on tenor sax, as ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Recorded in the twilight of his career, this turned out to be the 63-year-old Arthur Prysock's last album; he retired due to illness a few years later, moved to Bermuda and passed away there in 1997. It was the last gasp of a mini-Renaissance for the veteran chitlin' circuit balladeer, the third album on a Milestone contract that had, at long last, resulted in some recognition by the Grammy voters, if not the music press. Unfortunately, it is the least of the Milestones, for Prysock's deep-pile-carpet bass-baritone was suddenly developing a gravelly frayed edge and problems up high. Five of the nine tracks are with Prysock's own band with brother Red on tenor sax, as had been the practice during his Milestone sessions. For the rest, producer Bob Porter brought in some heavyweight help Hank Crawford, Howard Johnson, Melvin Sparks, Bernard Purdie. Things don't start off too well; on "After the Lovin,'" Prysock sounds very much like Engelbert Humperdinck in certain passages -- and almost as bland -- and he doesn't have much to say about "You Are So Beautiful." He does hit a stride of sorts with the loping swing of "Got to Get You Out of My Mind" -- with Sparks' B.B. King-like guitar licks pointing the way -- and despite his vocal problems, through sheer wile and guile, he makes "It's All in the Game" worth hearing. And at least the last track on the last album, Prysock's own "All My Lovin' Was in Vain," has a cocky, insouciant feeling that sends his recording career out on a high.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218915724
  • Catalog Number: 9157
  • Sales rank: 180,381

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Prysock Primary Artist, Vocals
Don Williams Drums
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Red Prysock Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Leon Lee Dorsey Bass, Electric Bass
Lloyd Wilson Keyboards
Randy Caldwell Guitar
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
Don Williams Contributor
Hank Crawford Arranger
Lew Soloff Contributor
Howard Johnson Contributor
Red Prysock Contributor
Melvin Sparks Contributor
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Alan Bernstein Composer
George Horn Mastering
Bob Porter Producer
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Contributor
Alan Rubin Contributor
Leon Lee Dorsey Contributor
Norman Bergen Composer
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Gilles Margerin Cover Design
Lloyd Wilson Arranger
Shelly Coburn Composer
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Contributor
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