Blues 'N Soul

Blues 'N Soul

by Little Milton
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Blues 'N Soul

Having already recorded for both Sun and Chess Records, two of the most historically significant labels in the history of blues and rock, Little Milton signed to Stax in the early '70s, adding yet another heavyweight to his catalog. On Blues 'N' Soul, he is joined by many of the same musicians that backed him on his Stax studio debut, Waiting for Little Milton, including drummer Willie Hall, guitarist Bobby Manuel, bassist Willie Murphy, and pianist Lester Snell. An impassioned singer, Milton's early-'70s output indeed began to walk the fine line between the blues and soul of the album title, a fact accentuated by the sparkling touches of the Memphis Horns. Although there are only two originals in the set, the singer's interpretations of songs popularized by Charlie Rich ("Behind Closed Doors"), Linda Ronstadt ("You're No Good") and Freddie King ("Woman Across the River") are just as convincing. Milton's own "Sweet Woman of Mine" captures the combo in an up-tempo mode, simultaneously tough and swinging. "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do" is a tour de force of soul-blues that paces itself exquisitely across six and a half minutes, and "Hard Luck Blues" concludes the set with a hard funk groove. Throughout the album, the arranging skills of James Mitchell demonstrate how strings can be incorporated into a hard blues setting. Though they provide ample color to these productions, they do little to dilute the essential nature of the music. Excluding the singles collection Walking the Back Streets, Blues 'N' Soul may very well be Milton's best set for Stax.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/1989
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218851824
catalogNumber: 8518
Rank: 70845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Milton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Horns   Horn
Willie Hall   Drums
Bobby Manuel   Guitar
Memphis Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Willie Murphy   Bass
Lester Snell   Piano
Michael Toles   Guitar
David Weatherspoon   Bass

Technical Credits

Percy Grainger   Composer
Pete Bishop   Engineer,Remixing
William Brown   Engineer,Remixing
Little Milton   Producer
Milton Campbell   Producer
Willie Hall   Contributor
Bobby Manuel   Contributor
James Mitchell   Arranger
Willie Murphy   Contributor
Richard Rosebrough   Remixing
Lester Snell   Contributor
Michael Toles   Contributor
David Weatherspoon   Contributor
Clarence Williams   Composer
James Michell   Arranger
M. Campbell   Composer
Robert Prince   Composer
Henry Jim   Composer

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Blues 'N Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent album in every way! Little Milton has never sounded better, his soulful singing and playing is enhanced by tasteful support by the Stax musicians. Great songs, perfect mixing and sound. Milton's passionated gospel style singing takes the song "Behind Closed Doors" to a higher level.