Westbound Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everything that could be dug up from Spanky Wilson's mid-'70s stint at Westbound Records is on this 18-track compilation, including all ten tracks from her 1975 Specialty of the House LP; two cuts that surfaced many years later on CD compilations; and six previously unreleased items retrieved from the vaults. It adds up to a respectable, but not exciting, collection of material by a versatile singer whose jazz-pop leanings are evident in some of the tunes and performances, yet who is reasonably comfortable with numbers that call for more standard soul-funk stylings. Wilson might be a little too talented to deserve the "journeywoman" sticker, but nonetheless this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everything that could be dug up from Spanky Wilson's mid-'70s stint at Westbound Records is on this 18-track compilation, including all ten tracks from her 1975 Specialty of the House LP; two cuts that surfaced many years later on CD compilations; and six previously unreleased items retrieved from the vaults. It adds up to a respectable, but not exciting, collection of material by a versatile singer whose jazz-pop leanings are evident in some of the tunes and performances, yet who is reasonably comfortable with numbers that call for more standard soul-funk stylings. Wilson might be a little too talented to deserve the "journeywoman" sticker, but nonetheless this music isn't much above that label, offering fair early- to mid-'70s soul that's a little less slick than much such fare of the period, almost entirely steering clear of any hints of disco. For the most part, the best cuts are actually those that depart a little from the mainstream soul format, like a satisfyingly funky take on Bill Withers' "Kissing My Love" and a chance to revisit her somewhat jazz-poppier origins on "Home." Some of the cuts not released at the time gave her opportunities to try out some unexpected material, like her earthy take on Harlan Howard's "He Called Me Baby" and her cover of Lesley Duncan's "Love Song" (made more famous by Elton John). The disco-fied version of Howard's "The Chokin' Kind" was a bad idea, however.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Southbound Records
  • UPC: 029667714624
  • Catalog Number: 146
  • Sales rank: 130,619

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spanky Wilson Primary Artist
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited Background Vocals
Technical Credits
James Cleveland Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Lesley Duncan Composer
Johnny Allen Arranger, Producer
Artie Fields Composer, Engineer
Harlan Howard Composer
Bernard Mendelson Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ken Sands Engineer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Abrim Tilmon Composer
Lennoy Ruffin Composer
Howlett Peter Smith Composer
Howard Cott Mastering
Al Kent Producer
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