Any Other Way

Any Other Way

by Jackie ShaneJackie Shane


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This lovingly researched two-disc anthology from archival specialists the Numero Group chronicles the remarkable career of Jackie Shane, an American singer who became a leading light of Toronto's 1960s soul and R&B scene. Heralded for her dynamic stage presence and voice that often drew comparisons to Little Richard and James Brown, Shane was also an early advocate for transgender and LGBTQ rights in an unforgiving social climate. Raised in Nashville, by the age of 13 she had already come to recognize herself as a woman living in a man's body, and while she wouldn't officially come out as transgender until many years later, Shane effectively lived as a woman on- and off-stage. In her late teens, she pursued a music career that led from choirs and gospel groups to drumming in R&B bands, and, for a short time, touring with a carnival show. Escaping the tumult of the Jim Crow South, Shane ended up in Montreal, where she was discovered by another American expat, Frank Motley. As the singer for Motley's band, she eventually settled in Toronto where, during the early '60s, she enjoyed regional success and recognition both as part of Motley's crew and as a revered solo act. A charismatic performer, sharply dressed in suits and seemingly made up in drag, no one in 1960s Canada had seen or heard anything like Shane. Her enigmatic presentation, her undeniable talent, and the support of the music community allowed her to flourish in Toronto, and by the middle of the decade she had cut a number of singles, landing a regional hit with 1963's excellent "Any Other Way." When the song was later reissued and became a modest national hit in 1967, a live release called Jackie Shane Live was released. By 1971, her working relationship with Motley had soured and, weary from years of gigging and enduring the hardships of existing as a transgendered person in show business, Shane left the music industry altogether. While no studio album was ever recorded, her various singles and B-sides have gone on to become collector's items, with a cult fandom that has grown in the years since her retirement. Included here are all of Shane's singles along with the live LP, her lone full-length release. The performances are vibrant and full of personality, heartbreak, and spirit. While a handful of reissues have surfaced in the digital era, Any Other Way marks the first time Shane herself was involved with the process, and the collection's lengthy liner notes are generous with her reflections and anecdotes. Shane's is a story unlike any other, and in the years leading up to this release she has slowly come to be recognized both as a musician and as a pioneer of Toronto's LGBTQ community. With this release, her brief but potent catalog continues to garner some well-deserved attention.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Numero
UPC: 0825764106726
catalogNumber: 41067
Rank: 66846


Disc 1

  1. Sticks and Stones
  2. Any Other Way
  3. In My Tenement
  4. Comin' Down
  5. Money (That's What I Want)
  6. I've Really Got the Blues
  7. Send Me Some Lovin'
  8. Walking the Dog
  9. You Are My Sunshine
  10. Stand Up Straight and Tall
  11. New Way of Lovin'
  12. Cruel Cruel World

Disc 2

  1. Dual Trumpet Bounce (Intro)
  2. High Heel Sneakers
  3. Barefootin'
  4. Knock on Wood
  5. Money (That's What I Want)
  6. Raindrops
  7. You're the One (That I Need)
  8. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
  9. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
  10. Any Other Way
  11. You Are My Sunshine
  12. I Don't Want to Cry
  13. Shotgun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Shane   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Robert Parker   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Frank Motley   Composer,Personnel
Dee Clark   Composer
Skeeter Davis   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Rob Bowman   Reissue Producer
Jimmy Butler   Personnel
Luther Dixon   Composer
Jackie Shane   Composer
Mike James Kirkland   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Harold Logan   Composer
Betty Nelson   Composer
Curley Bridges   Personnel
Ken Shipley   Reissue Producer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Rob Sevier   Reissue Producer
Wally Blair   Personnel
John C. Irvine   Engineer
Douglas McGowan   Reissue Producer
Autry Dewalt   Composer
Post Malone   Composer
Ralph Blair   Personnel
King Herbert   Personnel
Frank Motley & The Hitchikers   Personnel
Roland Simmonds   Personnel

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