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Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arthur Prysock straddled two different eras, emerging during the twilight of the baritone big-band singers and making a run at the charts during the rise of soul music in the late '50s and early '60s. Ace's 2014 compilation Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66 chronicles this phase, which arrived after he had several singles for Decca, but before he settled into a role as a jazz singer with a series of albums for Verve in the late '60s. This means his stint at Old Town Records, the New York-city based soul and R&B label, was indeed transitional, finding the elegant vocalist easing into standards that were straight in his wheelhouse but also tackling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arthur Prysock straddled two different eras, emerging during the twilight of the baritone big-band singers and making a run at the charts during the rise of soul music in the late '50s and early '60s. Ace's 2014 compilation Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66 chronicles this phase, which arrived after he had several singles for Decca, but before he settled into a role as a jazz singer with a series of albums for Verve in the late '60s. This means his stint at Old Town Records, the New York-city based soul and R&B label, was indeed transitional, finding the elegant vocalist easing into standards that were straight in his wheelhouse but also tackling jump blues, splashy supper club material, and straight soul. No matter the setting, Prysock sounds like himself -- robust, strong, classy, masculine, the bridge between Billy Eckstine and Lou Rawls -- which is a blessing and a curse. When the material is a little bawdier, as it is on versions of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonight," Prysock's inherent smoothness feels out of place, but he fares better with the ebullient uptown rhythms of "One More Time," a song that walks the line between adult and adolescent audiences. That record reached 30 on the R&B Singles chart in 1961 and, four years later, he had his biggest hit with the slow-burning "It's Too Late, Baby Too Late," a single that existed right at the cusp of jazz and soul. Both of those singles are here, along with 22 other selections (most make their CD debut; Prysock's catalog never received much digital attention), and the compilation is a snapshot of the shifting tides of adult-oriented black pop, hearing how it slowly shifted from nightclub standards to softer soul and, eventually, landing on a jazz informed by soul but not belonging to it. As such, Too Late Baby is interesting as period soul but it also demonstrates that no matter the setting, Arthur Prysock was a consummate vocalist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 029667059824
  • Catalog Number: 1226327
  • Sales rank: 59,026

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Prysock Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
John Stevens Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Norman Mapp Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Bubber Johnson Composer
Clint Holmes Composer
Robert Maxwell Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Herb Bernstein Composer
John Brown Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Marc Gordon Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Robert Mosely Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Ray Passman Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Winfield Scott Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Billy Vera Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Harry Warren Composer
Norman Bergen Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Bert Russell Composer
Ady Croasdell Memorabilia
Billy Myles Composer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Bernice Petkere Composer
Gloria Shayne Composer
André Tabet Composer
Alex Alstone Composer
Shelly Coburn Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Bill Gannon Composer
Rob Hughes Memorabilia
Victor Pearlin Memorabilia
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Ted Mossman Composer
Browley Guy Jr. Composer
Eric Charge Photo Courtesy
Mann Curtis Composer
Roy C. Bennett Composer
Pearl Bender Composer
King Bevill Composer
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